Douglas Byers, an eighth grader at Waupaca Middle School, was the champion of the Waupaca School District’s 2013 National Geographic Bee.
The district-level competition was held Jan. 3, at the Waupaca Middle School instructional media center.
Thirty-two students from grades four through eight qualified for the competition by having the highest scores at their grade level on a written qualifying test.
Each student answered 11 questions in the seven-round preliminary competition.
A ten-student final round and a two-student championship round completed the geography bee.
Byers, son of Dr. Jeff and Dr. Mary Jo Byers, of Waupaca, will now complete a written test to qualify for the Wisconsin state geography bee. The geography bee finalists included Joseph McCausland, second place, and Drake Hiddeman and Ryan Johnson, who tied for third place.
Other participants were: Grade Eight – Robert Durfee, Seth Piencikowski, Derrick Rotta and Mason Winter; Grade Seven – Logan Chelberg, Mason Gardner, Brandon Krcmar, Rachael Luedtke, Ian Mast and Bailey Seefeldt; Grade Six – Derrick Cleaves, Eli Garcia, Amanda Jensen, Brady Johnson, Jakob Koran, Jack Snider and Hayden Walkush; Grade Five – Sam Grall, Brooke Hansen, Connor McCausland, Riley McKibben, Sawyer Sopa and Joshua Winter; and Grade Four – Jeremiah Auer, Erica Byers, Jordyn Cook, William Kleiber, Aaron Monday, and Avery Rens.