Student wins geography bee for second time, heads to state |

Student wins geography bee for second time, heads to state

by Heidi Alder, staff writer

Heidi Lengdorfer is no stranger to winning the local National Geographic Society Bee.

Heidi, 11, a 7th-grade student at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, won the school’s geography bee Jan. 2.

Preliminary rounds were Dec. 12-13, and the championship round was Jan. 2.

The bee is held for students in 4th to 8th grade in schools across the United States and U.S. territories, said Dena Dugan, geography teacher at PWLMS.

This is Heidi’s second geography bee win. She won last year as a Scarselli Elementary School 6th grader.

Heidi received a certificate and a medal. Geography and science are her favorite subjects in school.

The next level of competition is a written test. If she tests as one of the top 100 students in the state, she qualifies to compete at the state level, Heidi said.

Heidi qualified for state her 6th grade year, and is confident that she will again this year.

The state wide competition will be April 6 in Las Vegas. Heidi said she thinks her parents will accompany her to the competition, but if they aren’t able to, Dugan will.

The state winners will compete at the National Geographic Society Bee in Washington, D.C., May 22-23, with Alex Trebek hosting the event.