After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top ten finalists in its Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Jerry Keith emerged as the 2015 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against nine other school finalists. The other finalists were Jackson Buckley, Owen Davies, Tate Hutchinson, Maja Pechanach, Joseph Poulsen, James Richter, Shiva Senthil, Morgan Waldenberger and Amelia Weidemann. Hutchinson took second place.
All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round and the ten finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 20.
As the school champion, Keith will take a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 27 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.