Keppler Named DeSales’ Geography Bee Champion
Students in grades 5 through 8 at DeSales Catholic School took part in the National Geographic Bee. The field was narrowed down to 8 finalists who faced off in a question and answer round. 7th, grader Richard Keppler successfully answered a question about the Puerto Rican Trench to win the title of DeSales’ National Geography Bee Champion. 8th grader, Aaron Knuutila earned the 1st runner up position in the competition. Keppler will move onto the second stage of the competition where he will take a computer generated test to qualify for the State competition in Albany, which will be held in March. The competition at DeSales was facilitated by middle school teacher Mrs. Lori Asher.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Approximately 10,000 schools across the U.S. compete in the Bee.
The champions from each state competition will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
DeSales is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving 300 students in Preschool through Eighth grade. For more information on the DeSales contact the DeSales Admissions Office at 716-433-6422 ext 407 or visit the DeSales Public Open House on January 27th from Noon until 2:00pm.
Photo Caption: DeSales National Geographic Bee winner Richard Keppler, Middle School Social Studies Teacher Lori Asher and 1st Runner Up, Aaron Knuutila.