Copper Ridge seventh grader wins Geography Bee

From left to right: Harper Helfman, Nate Dryden, Kris Ambri, and Fatima-Zahara Mouti. (Submitted photo)

Seventh grader Nate Dryden took first place at Copper Ridge School’s National Geographic Geography Bee Wednesday, Jan. 23, setting him up to take a proctored test to compete for a spot at the state-level competition.

Copper Ridge also celebrated second-place winner Fatima-Zahara Mouti and third-place winner Harper Helfman. Trailblazers Alex Kavanagh, Christopher Scala, Sami Hughes, Gavin Wolfe, Tanner Hertz, Abhishek Jaiswal and Nate Leahy also competed in the event.

Every year, 10 Copper Ridge School Trailblazers qualify to participate in the school’s National Geographic Geography Bee.

The national competition challenges fourth through eighth graders across the U.S. to compete for college scholarships and “GeoBee” glory, according to a press release.

The event, which eighth grade social studies teacher Kris Ambri organized, is designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world, a release states.

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