Posted: Mar 31, 2012 10:46 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Mar 31, 2012 11:21 AM
MISSOULA- An eighth grade Missoula student is headed to the nation's capitol after taking the top spot in a statewide competition.
Rosie McCormack, an eighth grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School had the winning answer during the final round in the 2012 Montana Geographic Bee that was held at MSU-Billings on Friday afternoon.
McCormack outlasted Matthew Wolsky of Corvallis Middle School to become the new state champion and will now be moving on to compete at the 2012 National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.
"Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography," a statement on the National Geographic Spelling Bee website explains.
The event is open to students in grades four through eight and the finals will take place from May 22nd to May 24th in Washington, DC.