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Roosevelt student earns plaque at geography competition

Canyon Berry placed 21st in his event.

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Canyon Berry placed 21st in the International Geography Bee in the elementary division.
Contributed / Lynette Berry
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One of two Roosevelt Elementary School students who attended the International Academic Competition in Orlando in June placed 21st, according to event results.

Canyon Berry and Jayden Paradis attended the national event after qualifying in their respective events in the elementary division earlier this spring. Canyon placed 21st in the International Geography Bee in Orlando and received a plaque for his finish.

Canyon’s mother, Lynette Berry, said the contestants answered two rounds of 25 questions on each of two days. The top 72 of 170 elementary students in geography moved on to the play-offs, including Canyon. He then competed in the playoff Octo-finals and was one of 36 students advancing to the quarter-finals, placing fourth. The top three placers moved on to the semifinals and finals, a total of 18 students.

Canyon also competed in history. Jayden competed in science and geography.

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Jayden Paradis
Contributed / Lynette Berry

To get to the national competition, students voluntarily took separate written tests at Roosevelt in history, science and geography, in any or all of those categories. Those who qualified from the written test could compete at the Regional Finals in May in Bismarck. At that event, they were asked verbal questions on the topics they qualified for initially.

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Canyon, Jayden and Parker Schmidt qualified at the Regional Finals to attend the national championships in their respective events on June 17-21 in Orlando, said Lyndsey Haakenson, a fifth grade teacher at Roosevelt. Canyon and Jayden attended.

The International Academic Competition organizes competitions in the U.S. including the National Science Bee, National History Bee and International Geography Bee, according to the competition’s website, https://www.iacompetitions.com . Each Bee has an online qualifying exam, a Regional Finals and the national championships.

Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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