Congratulations to eighth grade student Jack Flicker for winning this year's school-level competition of the National Geography Bee. The bee was held Thurs., Jan. 10, in the middle school student center. Jack was one of ten middle school students who participated in the event that helps raise awareness of the importance of national and world studies. Seventh grader, Justin Tolkkinen, missed a tie-breaker question in the championship round to finish as runner-up. Seventh grade student, Eli Flicker, took 3rd. The ten students selected to participate in the geography bee scored the highest on a preliminary test given to seventh and eighth grade students. In the bee, participants answered questions regarding locations of world features as well as questions related to the cultures of various world groups. Bee winner, Jack Flicker, will now take a qualifying test to determine his eligibility to compete at the State Geography Bee. The State Geography Bee will be held on April 5, on the campus of Saint Cloud State University. The winner of the State Bee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Geography Bee. National participants will have a chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship as well as various other prizes and awards. The national finals, to be held May 20-22, will be moderated by Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!"