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School-level winners all advance to state Geography Bee

Every school-level winner in Lake Oswego who took the state qualifying test for National Geographic Society’s 28th National Geography Bee earned a place in the April 1 competition.

The local competitors represent every elementary and junior high school in Lake Oswego, and they will be competing to correctly answer the most questions about countries all over the world during the event at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

The local state qualifiers are: Westridge Elementary fifth-grader Barrett Burnham, Lake Grove Elementary fifth-grader Seth Looney, Hallinan Elementary fifth-grader Arman Manternach, River Grove Elementary fifth-grader Maddox Philpott, Lakeridge Junior High eighth-grader Mathew Ragsdale, Lake Oswego Junior High sixth-grader Eric Seeley, Forest Hills Elementary fourth-grader Amar Tripuraneni and Oak Creek Elementary fourth-grader Alex Wang.

The locals are among thousands of competitors in grades four through eight throughout the nation, in the five U.S. territories and in Department of Defense Dependents Schools worldwide. The national championship winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship during the national championship, slated for May 22-25 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.

Robotics teams win awards at state tourney

Lake Oswego teams won awards at a state robotics tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland. Team Axis, The Fellowship of the Robot and Don’t Panic and Always Carry a Towel were recognized during the Lego FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Championship.

The Fellowship of the Robot was a finalist in the Alliance category, and Team Axis was a Connect Award winner. The teams will advance to a 13-state super regional event in California.

Don’t Panic and Always Carry a Towel also competed at the event this past weekend and received the Third Place Think Award.

“It was exciting for the team to make it that far, and it was definitely a very tough competition,” Don’t Panic coach Esther Schaezler said.

Two $2K scholarships available

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two $2,000 scholarships for the 2016-17 school year to college students majoring in the fields of agriculture (including horticulture), natural resource science or related disciplines.

The dollars can go toward an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree. To be eligible, students must have graduated from a Clackamas County high school or currently live in Clackamas County. Applicants must have finished freshman year and expect to be a sophomore or higher in fall 2016. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29.

For an application, visit www.conservationdistrict.org or call 503-210-6000. Contact Lisa Kilders with questions at 503-210-6002.

Scholarship available to seniors with at least 3.0 GPA

The Trail Blazers Foundation College Scholarship Program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is offering six $5,000 college scholarships.

To be eligible, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, be a senior in Oregon or Clark County, Wash., and must show a commitment to “community betterment and academic success,” a press release states. The funds can be applied to a four-year, two-year or vocational school education.

Applications are due by Friday, March 4, and are available at www.nba.com/blazers/scholarship and in Oregon and Southwest Washington Wells Fargo bank branches.

— The Review