Gregory Downs, a fourth grade student at Sacred Heart School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 17, 2017. The school-level Bee, where students answer questions on geography, was the first level in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Classroom champions who competed in the championship round were Gregory Downs & Alexander Keller (Grade Four); Coen Arndt, Benjamin Wharam, & Samara Zimprich (Grade Five); Kaiden Azure & Noah Thompson (Grade Six); Victoria Keller & Kannon Knutsvig (Grade Seven); Andrew Potter & Jacob Kraft (Grade Eight).
The winner of the Sacred Heart School Bee, Gregory Downs, will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine up to 100 of the top scores in the state making them eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31, 2017. All state champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the competition May 15-16, 2017, held at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C.