The two finalists, Ozzie Jewett and Johnathan MacLachlan competed in the championship round until the winner was determined. Moderator, Ginger Wimberg, later emailed, “I just had to tell you how impressed I was with the students' knowledge of the U.S. states. Geography is so important and I'm so glad Weathersfield continues to teach it.”
Johnathan MacLachlan won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. He will advance to the next level of the competition, a written examination to determine eligibility as a state competitor. The state competition will be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee National Championship Rounds May 22nd-25th, 2016. The 1st Place National Champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations.
Thanks to all the competitors, moderator Ginger Wimberg, judges / timer Kathy Dana, and Nathalie Whitney, room set up by Bryan Woodbury, Theresa White, BJ, 5th grade helpers: Brody Perham, Layne Watkins, and Zed McNaughton, and computer / projector set up by Matthew Malkiewicz.