Abby Otten, who is in the eighth grade at Holgate Middle School, claimed third place in the South Dakota Geographic Bee on Friday.
Students from across the state gathered at Northern State University to compete in the contest, which was hosted by the NSU Honors Program and NSU College of Arts and Sciences.
The state winner was Mark Vanderzee from George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings. The eighth-grader will represent the state at the 25th annual National Geographic Bee, which will be May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. A $25,000 college scholarship is at stake. The final round will be moderated by ‘‘Jeopardy!’’ host Alex Trebek.
The second-place winner was Bridger Gordon, a seventh-grader at Sturgis Williams Middle School.
Students had to best others at their school, then take a test to qualify for the state competition.
Other students in the Aberdeen area who competed were:
- Micah Dohrer, May Overby Elementary School.
- Maggie Adams, O.M. Tiffany Elementary School.
- Connor Hansen, Aberdeen Roncalli Elementary School.
- Christopher Page, Simmons Middle School.
- Julie Neuharth, Eureka School.
- Gabriel Clark, Hitchcock-Tulare Elementary School.
- Kasey Schutte, Redfield Junior High School.
- Bennett Osborn, Redfield Elementary School.
National Geographic developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the U.S.