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March 21, 2012
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Mosaic Student goes to State Geography Bee

Mosaic sixth-grader Drew Engberg is one of three SASD students who qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee March 30 in Madison.

The other local students are Urban Middle School seventh-grader Ning Chen and Horace Mann Middle School eighth-grader Brayden Schuh. Up to 100 top scorers in local bees will compete in Madison. The winner will advance to the national competition, which will be May 22-24 in Washington, D.C.       

Mosaic conducted its geography bee after school last month for all interested students. Drew finished first in the oral contest. The second-place finisher was sixth-grader Keith Baka. Drew has also completed a written component that was sent to the National Geographic Society judges for review.

"This is Mosaic's first year participating in the Geography Bee,” said social studies teacher Rayna Rokicki. “In our first year as a school, we have had a number of students do well in statewide competitions, such as sixth-grader Eric Yang, who qualified for the state MATHCOUNTS competition.”

“As a social studies teacher, I have always been a fan of National Geographic and Geography Bees, so I was very excited at the opportunity to begin that tradition at Mosaic,” Rokicki added. “In our school competition, we had a number of very strong geography students compete. During the competition, I could not have predicted who would be the school winner. Drew came out on top, winning with a question on countries that had once been former colonies of France. Drew will represent us well at the state level competition on March 30th."

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