His knowledge of geography has earned Jordan Ishimura, Frontenac Junior High School seventh grader, a slot as a semifinalist in the Kansas National Geographic Bee.
He will be one of 100 students participating in the state bee Friday at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.
“We held classroom bees here in the fourth through seventh grades, and the top two students in each class advanced to the school-wide bee in January,” said FJH teacher Jennifer Morris. “Jordan won the school-wide bee, which qualified him to take a written test from National Geographic. The state takes the top 100 students from the written test to participate in the state bee.”
She said that she had received some preparatory materials from National Geographic, which she sent home with Ishimura to study for the state event.
“Jordan is also enrolled in a geography class, which helps a little,” Morris said.
But she added that the bee doesn’t just cover geographical features such as mountains and rivers.
“It can also involve such things as political features or the human characteristics of a place as well,” Morris said.
Ishimura said that geography is one of the subjects that he’s better at in school. The son of Franklin and Melanie Ishimura, he also takes part in wrestling, played football and is going out for track.
“Jordan is very bright and a very well-rounded student,” Morris said.
Winner of the state bee will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Kansas in the national finals May 20-22 at National Geographic Society headquarters. The final round of the national bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, will be broadcast May 23 on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild.
First place winner of the national competition will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and, with a parent or guardian, an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Page 2 of 2 - Right now, Ishimura and Morris are looking forward to visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
“We will have some time when we’ll be able to go around and look at the exhibits,” Morris said.