Leon Thiel, an eighth grader from Westport, Conn., won the 2018 school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee at The Webb School. The event, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.
There were 14 Webb participants from grades 6-8 in the bee that is under the direction of Larry Nichols, Webb history department faculty member and event coordinator
Other participants in Webb's school bee included the following: Harry Clark, Vilda Westh-Blanc, Andrew Lawson, Aidas Berzinskas, Gabriel Crisp, Jonathan Savage, Lola Reyes, Knox Winberley, Iris Reyes, Helen Allison, Pratham Patel, Conner Brown and Noah Creque.
Students from thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in this year's competition. The school winners, including Thiel, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 6.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions to participate in the bee national competition rounds on May 20-23. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.