St. Andrew’s student wins state Geography Bee, advances to national competition in Washington D.C. _lowres

Photo provided by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School -- Benjamin Link, right, an eighth-grade student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, is the winner of the Louisiana state competition of the National Geographic Bee. At left is Allan Woodard, history department chairman and eighth-grade adviser at St. Andrew’s.

Benjamin Link, an eighth-grade student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, won the state Geography Bee on April 4 in Baton Rouge and will advance to the National Geography Bee on May 19-21 in Washington, D.C. Each year, thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee.

Winners of the national competition will make up the U.S. team to compete in the 12th National Geographic World Championship. Last year, the U.S. defeated teams from 17 other regions to win the world championship in St. Petersburg, Russia. Canada came in second and India came in third in a tiebreaker round.

Students in grades four through eight are eligible for this test of geographic knowledge. St. Andrew’s Episcopal students have won second or first place in the state level of the National Geographic Bee three times since 2009.

St. Andrew’s provides a prekindergarten through eighth grade academic program and is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans.

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