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Bransford, Ruklic are geo bee champs


(Left) Sts. Peter and Paul School sixth grader, Jack Bransford, and (right) Grangeville Elementary Middle School seventh grader Cole Ruklic were winners in their school-wide geography bees held Jan. 11 and 17, respectively.

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(Left) Sts. Peter and Paul School sixth grader, Jack Bransford, and (right) Grangeville Elementary Middle School seventh grader Cole Ruklic were winners in their school-wide geography bees held Jan. 11 and 17, respectively.



— A week apart, school geography bee champions were named at Sts. Peter and Paul and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools.

On Jan. 11, the winner at SPPS was sixth grader Jack Bransford. On Jan. 17 at GEMS, seventh grader Cole Ruklic took the honors.

All finalists were named winners in their classrooms and a school-wide contest to make it into the bee.

Taking the lineup to compete in the bee at SPPS was fifth grader Parker Garman, sixth graders Ray Holes and Jack Bransford, seventh graders Gabe Ackerman, Abbie Frei, Lilly Frei and Ashton Willis, and eighth graders Caleb Frei, Bryan Gomez and Jared Lindsley.

The group answered varied questions including ones about the St. Croix River, Mid-Atlantic states, Big Horn, Mont., and the Pacific Ocean.

By round three, only Garman, Bransford, Holes and Ackerman remained. Soon it was down to just Holes and Bransford. Finally, Bransford was named the champion following a correct answer on a question involving Africa.

At GEMS, finalists were fifth grader Kieran Gallagher, six graders Quinten Farmer, Karl Spencer and Ben Lindsey, seventh graders Kalee Sullivan, James Gortsema and Cole Ruklic, and eighth graders Talia Brown, Bella Dame and Jackson Page.

Questions ranged from those on the Antilles, national forests and interstate travel.

After two rounds, only Gallagher, Farmer, Lindsey, Ruklic and Dame remained. Another round knocked out all but Ruklic, who automatically qualified for the championship round at that point. It took three more rounds of questioning for another competitor, Farmer, to make it to the final round and group against Ruklic.

In the end, Ruklic was named the school champ.

Both Bransford and Rucklic will now take a computerized geography test along with other school level winners throughout the state of Idaho. From there, the top 10 percent will be invited to take part in the state bee in Boise this spring.



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