Dennis Ponn, an eighth grade student at Randolph-Macon Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 29 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. He is the son of Lori and Ward Ponn of Marshall. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee.
In addition to Ponn, the finalists in Randolph-Macon Academy's school-level bee included John Backo of Warrenton; David Imansuagbon of Gaithersburg, Md.; Ryan Latham of Amissville; Angelique Murphy of Avenel, N.J.; and Stanley Richards of Bowie, Md. Murphy claimed third place, with Latham taking the runner-up spot.
The kickoff for this year's bee was the week of Nov. 12, 2012. The school winners, including Ponn, now will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 5. State champions will compete in the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., from May 20 to 22.
For more information, visit www.nationalgeographicbee.com/geobee.
Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.