Westfield Upper Elementary fifth-grader Casey Boduszek is Cloverleaf’s school-level winner of the 2012 National Geographic Bee. Casey advances to the next round — a written test to determine his eligibility to compete in the state bee on March 30.
The first-place winner at each state-level competition will advance to the national level of the National Geographic Bee, scheduled for May 22 to 24 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The first-place prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, $500 in cash and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Coming in second at Westfield’s National Geographic Bee was Grace Schmitt.
Several tiebreaker questions were required to arrive at the winner. Other contestants who competed in the finals of the school-level competition include Alexandra Attilli, Clay Cotman, Bailey Freeland, Joe Judson, Mariel Leatherman, Joe Massaro, Landon Morris and Frank Vallant.