Amanda Durfee, an eighth-grade student at Waupaca Middle School, was the winner of the school district’s 2011 National Geographic Society Geography Bee.
The district-level competition was held on Jan. 5. Thirty-one students from grades four through eight qualified for the competition by having the highest scores at their grade level on a written qualifying test.
During the bee, these students then answered 13 questions in the seven-round preliminary competition. A 10-student final round, and four-student championship round completed the geography bee.
Durfee, who is the daughter of Ben and Amy Durfee, of Waupaca, has now completed a written test to qualify for the Wisconsin state Geography Bee. The geography bee finalists included Cole Pankratz, second place, and Seth Piencikowski and Lara Broderick, who tied for third place.
Other participants were Endeavor Achten, Zane Johnson, Ellen Ryder and Hunter Singer (grade eight); Evan Bolwerk, Elliot Crisman, Ryan Esch, Ryland Jackson, Christian Overman and Ryan Pulvermacher (grade seven); Drake Hiddeman, Marissa Johnson, Brendan McCrorey, Lane Mielke, and Mason Winter (grade six); Logan Chelberg, David Johnson, Kara Kohutek, Sean Matthews, Bailey Seefeldt and Sophia Butkiewicz (grade five); and Adam Kennedy, Garrett Kohl, Colin McCrorey, Alex Thuerman, Griffin Trinrud and Hayden Walkush (grade four).