Eighth grader Jordan Schwartz set a record by winning Tuesday night’s annual YWCA Geography Bee. This is the middle schooler’s third consecutive win. He is the first participate to capture the top spot three times in a row. Sixth grader Andrew Chunat placed as first runner-up.
The competition is a registered event with the nation-wide National Geographic Geography Bee. Nat Geo supplies prep materials, competition questions and format, as well as certificates and medals for the winner and first place runner-up. Winners of local bees can go on to qualify to compete in regional and national events. In addition, the YWCA provides cash prizes to the winner and first place finisher, along with an one-time opportunity for a $1000 college scholarship. The event is in its twelfth year.