CHESTERTOWN — Sixth-grader Mary Jane Joiner is Radcliffe Creek School's winner of the National Geographic GeoBee, topping a field of 27 competitors on Jan. 15.
The next step for Joiner, and other school-level champions, is an online qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their state GeoBee.
Winners of the state competition move on to the national championship in the spring.
At Radcliffe Creek School, five students automatically advanced to the final round and nine others faced off in a tie-breaker round, according to a news release.
Owen Bamford won the tie-breaker, joining Joiner, Collins Rhoe, Aiden Dunlap, Ben Gilbert and Caden Quirion in the finals.
Rhoe was the runner-up to Joiner and Bamford placed third.
The school competition is the first round in a nationwide competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.