Tempe Elementary Students Compete in Annual Tempe Sister Cities Geography Bee
"Which island country of the Greater Antilles uses English as its official language?"
That was the deciding question for the annual Tempe Sister Cities Geography Bee held on February 12 at the Tempe Elementary School District Office.
Jamaica, the correct answer to the question, was answered by the winner Griffin Croom, a seventh-grade student at Tempe Academy (pictured center).
Before beginning the competition, City of Tempe Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage welcomed attendees and encouraged participants to have fun. She reminded students that life is all about getting to know other places and people, and to never stop learning about the world.
Twenty students then began competing in the preliminary round, and eleven students progressed to the second round. In the championship round, three students battled it out.
The second- and third-place winners were Jack Masche (pictured left), eighth-grader at Ward Traditional Academy, and Axel Stewart (pictured right), sixth-grader at Connolly Middle School.