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Davis Behler wins Kohler School’s National Geography Bee

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By Duane Du Mez, National Geography Bee Coordinator

Davis Behler competed on Monday, January 8th, in the school level of the National Geography Bee. He competed against 9 other contestants – 2 from each grade level in 4th thru 8th grade. Davis is a 7th grader at Kohler Schools and now moves one step closer to winning a $50,000 College Scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral and written questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geography Bee, which is sponsored by Google..

The kick-off for this year’s Bee was the week of November 13th, with thousands of schools around the US, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Davis, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state and territory will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds on May 20-23, 2018. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

Front from left: Aiden Case, Paul Ritter, Carson Cassady, Jackson Petrie, Fynley Bouck, Samuel Sewacki, Will Tipton, Davis Behler, Jaclyn Patterson, Emersyn Oldenhoff.

Anyone can brush up on geography with GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at
geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge“ app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from

The National Geographic Society is the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Founded in 1888, the Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media.

Congratulations to William for his fine performance in the school level Bee. Congratulations to the following students for winning the class level competition:

4th Grade – Jackson Petrie, Fynley Bouck
5th grade – Aiden Case,
Samuel Sewacki
6th grade – Paul Ritter,
Emersyn Oldenhoff
7th grade – Davis Behler, Carson Cassidy
8th grade – Will Tipton,
Jaclyn Patterson

The two champion round finalists were Davis Behler and Carson Cassidy. Davis won based upon the total correct answers in a head to head competition.

This is the first year that Davis has won the school level Bee. After taking an online qualification test, William should be finding out sometime in March if he qualifies for the state level competition. Good Luck Davis!!

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