Little Miami Intermediate Blog

Vance wins Geo Bee -- again!

Posted on: January 28, 2016

Do you know British Columbia’s most populous city? The answer could mean $50,000 for a Little Miami middle school student.

Andrew Vance, a sixth grader at Little Miami Intermediate School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship recently. He knew that Vancouver was the answer in the championship round.

Geo Bee winner Andrew Vance and Bee adviser Judy Todia.

The school-level Bee, in which LMIS students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Vance repeated his Geography Bee victory, as he was the winner in last year’s competition. Fifth grader Jessica Voge was this year’s runner-up. 

The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of Nov. 11, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating.  The school winners, including Vance, 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 Apr. 1, 2016.

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 May 22-25, 2016.  The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and other prizes.

Vance is a student in Bobbi Allen’s sixth grade class.