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Northlawn students participate in spelling and geography bees

Northlawn Junior High School's La Salle County Spelling Bee participants are (from left) Connor Akin and Brendan Bradley, along with Geography Bee winner Lillian Austin.
Northlawn Junior High School's La Salle County Spelling Bee participants are (from left) Connor Akin and Brendan Bradley, along with Geography Bee winner Lillian Austin.

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R-e-s-e-r-v-o-i-r.  M-a-s-q-u-e-r-a-d-e. These are just a few of the words sixth- through eighth-grade students were asked to spell in a spelling bee at Northlawn Junior High School on Jan. 19. The bee was coordinated by Sarah Harms and Mark Stortz, sixth-grade teachers.

Thirty-two students competed in the bee to determine the top three spellers. The winners were eligible to compete in the La Salle, Marshall, Putnam County Spelling Bee on Feb. 17 at Ottawa High School.
To compete in the Northlawn bee, students had to be one of the top two spellers in their language arts class. Classroom teachers ran their own bees to determine who was eligible, with the following students participating: 
Sixth grade: Cameron Yurich, Gavin Jacobs, Cade Peterson, Isabella Wood, Fatima Chavez, Caden Defenbaugh, Katie Stipp, Malea Mascal, Christian Cerda, Javonte Thompson, Kloey Carter, Jade Williams, Lily Gardner and Jaydelynn Cool.
Seventh grade: Parker Phillis, Brenden Bradley, Conner Akin, Maddox Zadkovich, Alonna Caldwell, Savannah Lurz, Matt Price, Emily Fromherz, Xavier Lantz and Amelia Martinez.
Eighth grade: Emma Perez, Dane Winterrowd, Zach Wheeler, Mackenzie Bayer, Brianna Janke, Ethan Hoffmeyer, Justin Crawford and Kyle Pfalzgraf.
Placing first, second and third in the schoolwide spelling bee were Conner Akin, Brenden Bradley and Maddox Zadkovich.
If spelling wasn't their thing, maybe geography was.
Question: Public steam baths called hammams are part of the culture in cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech in which African country? 
Northlawn students answered questions just like that in the National Geographic School Geography Bee, also coordinated by Harms and Stortz.
The geography bee is designed a little differently than a spelling bee. Here’s how it works: a preliminary round is held in individual social studies classrooms. Students are asked 7 questions, and the student in each social studies class with the most correct answers moves on to the final competition.
On Jan. 25, the final competition was held consisting of 24 finalists from fifth through eighth grade. All students competed by answering questions until the field was narrowed to two. Those two finalists, Mikey Greer and Lillian Austin, entered the championship round, and the person with the most questions answered correctly was named the school champion.
The school champion was eighth-grader Lillian Austin.
Lillian then took the online test.  She will be invited to the state geography bee if she scores high enough.
Geography bee participants were:
Fifth grade: Alexis Patterson, David Harcharik, Isaiah Talty and Nathaniel Mionske.
Sixth grade: Albert Kara, Layton Finney, Cameron Yurich, Ryley Bacon, Angelina Dufur, Mikey Greer and Malea Mascal.
Seventh grade: Emma Augustine, Jazlynn Williams, Chris Moreno, Jake Luckey, Amelia Martinez and Levi Nodine.
Eighth grade: Hannah Etienne, Isabella Mascote, Keith Scott, Justin Cummings, Keegan Smetanko, Cassidy Russell and Lillian Austin.

By the way, if you said Morocco to the question above, you would have been right.

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