Students compete in State Geography and Spelling Bees

Above: Congratulations to Cooper (left) and Dylan (right) for making it to the State Geography Bee.
Below: Congratulations to Johan for making the State Spelling Bee.

Thunderbolt Middle School student Cooper and Jamaica Elementary School student Dylan competed in the National Geographic Arizona State Geography Bee.

To qualify for the State competition, each boy won their school bee and then completed a rigorous online test. The 100 School Bee winners with the highest scores on the online exam advanced to the state level. The State Bee was held on the campus of ASU in Tempe on April 1st. While neither boy made it to the finals, they each made an admirable showing in the preliminary rounds.

How would you do at the Geography Bee? Try some sample questions.

Also, congratulations to Havasupai Elementary student Johan for being one of only 27 Arizona students to qualify for the State Spelling Bee.

The State Bee was held on March 19th in the studios of Arizona's PBS channel. While Johan is only in the 6th grade, he competed against students from up to 8th grade. He did not win the bee, but he has certainly earned our respect.

A broadcast of the 2016 Arizona Spelling Bee will air at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 on Arizona PBS (Channel 8) and again at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Viewers can also watch the program with highlights from the event on the Arizona PBS website ( after the air-date.