Eighth-grade student Tyler Peterson, of Fenton, has qualified to participate in the state level of the National Geographic Bee, which is sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Tyler earned this opportunity after winning the Rockwood South Middle School Geography Bee and successfully completing the qualifying exam.
Rockwood South Middle School teacher Jim Tegethoff has organized the school’s Geographic Bee for 18 years. “While some students are nervous to compete, the Bee is a great way for students to demonstrate their knowledge, and it provides them a chance to excel,” said Tegethoff, in a news release from the Rockwood School District. “More than 1,000 students participate in our school Bee each year.”
History teacher Ed Washington described Tyler as an outstanding student. "Tyler has a wide range of interests and we’re proud of his accomplishment,” Washington said. “The state level competition will allow him to apply his knowledge of geography.”
On March 30, Peterson will compete at the state contest at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The winner will advance to the national competition May 22-24 in Washington, D.C.