Eight Indiana County home-schoolers battled it out at the National Geographic Geography Bee held Dec. 5 at the Indiana Free Library. Lauri Steffy, moderator and library coordinator of teen programs, arranged and conducted the event.
The fourth- through eighth-grade contestants did very well with challenging domestic and international geography questions. The championship round between Faith Hartle and Francis Slagley went to six sudden death questions that also stumped the parents in attendance.
Slagley, of White Township, won the contest and will take a written exam to compete for a slot in the state Geography Bee. Of the nearly 400 schools holding bees in Pennsylvania, the 100 winners with the best written exam scores will advance to the state bee in the spring.
Slagley took fifth place in the Oklahoma state bee in 2013 before moving to Pennsylvania in the summer.
PHOTO: Indiana County home-schoolers participated in the National Geographic Bee held Dec. 5 at the Indiana Free Library. From left, are Tony Bertolino, Erik Wolfe, Faith Hartle, Renee Hill, Francis Slagley, Rosemary Slagley and Elizabeth Bruner. Absent from the photo is Elizabeth Slagley. (Submitted photo)