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Local students are geography bee champs

by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge Junior High students, from left, Karthik Sreedhar, Gus Hearn and Mathew Ragsdale were the top three at their schools geography bee.Thousands of students in fourth to eighth grade compete every year nationwide to be the champion of their school’s geography bee.

Local school employees and parents recently announced the students who earned the top spot at their schools. Students not only showcase an understanding of the layout of the globe but also answer questions concerning countries’ environments, people and cultures.Matthew Seeley

Sixth-grader Karthik Sreedhar snagged the top spot in the Lakeridge Junior High Geography Bee. Sixth-grader Mathew Ragsdale landed the runner-up position and eighth-grader Gus Hearn earned third place.

“It was a hard-fought competition that took the finalists from Bangladesh to Bolivia, but impressively, three students found their way,” according to an announcement from Lakeridge Junior High School.

The Lake Oswego Junior High Geography Bee winner is Matthew Seeley, a seventh-grader, who won the school contest last year as well. The runner-up was sixth-grader Ben Altman.{img:31151}

“One of the reasons that the geography bee is special is that it recognizes the global-minded student,” according to a statement cowritten by LOJHS counselors Carrie Trullinger and Rebecca Cohen. “It highlights students that otherwise might not be in the Ben Altmanlimelight. The bee also brings awareness to all LOJ students that geography is both important and meaningful.”

The following students won Geography Bees at their respective schools: fourth-grader Chloe Ryan, Forest Hills Elementary; fourth-grader Kyle Zhang, Oak Creek Elementary; fifth-grader Melanie Du, Westridge Elementary; fourth-grader Honor Joslin, River Grove Elementary; fifth-grader Sara Shallenberger, Hallinan Elementary and fourth-grader Amber Prasad, Lake Grove Elementary.

Riverdale Grade School’s winner this year was eighth-grader Whitney Ahn, who narrowly defeated fifth-grader Clyde Beuter, last year’s champion, said Jody Haagenson, Riverdale School District spokeswoman.

“The bee provides an opportunity for all students to participate and think about the world around them,” Haagenson said.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: SHAUN ANDERSON-AHN - Eighth-grader Whitney Ahn narrowly defeated fifth-grader Clyde Beuter in the Riverdale Grade School Geography Bee.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.




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