Phelps School eighth-grade student Robert Rosner won the 2011 statewide Geography Bee in Madison last week.
Phelps geography teacher Lisa Volkmann and Phelps geography bee coordinator Alex Sjogren stand with State Geography Bee winner Robert Rosner as he holds his winning certificate. Rosner will move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. --Photo By Sharon Gifford
More than 100 elementary and middle school students competed in this event.
Rosner was accompanied to the competition by his mother and father, Donna and Bob Rosner, as well as his two brothers, Sawyer and Nolan. Rosner has won the school competition for the past four years and this was his second trip to the statewide competition, where last year he took
The state champion credited the maps on his bedroom walls and his desire to travel for his knowledge of geography.
“Every night before I go to sleep, I stare at National Geographic maps taped to my bedroom walls and dream of traveling to places I’ve never seen before,” said Rosner.
Rosner will travel to Washington, D.C., May 25 to compete against 49 other students from around the country in the national competition.
The National Geographic Bee will pay for Rosner, his parents and Phelps High School social studies teacher Alex Sjogren to travel to Washington, D.C.
Sjogren acknowledged Rosner’s passion for geography when asked about his achievement.
“As an educator, I truly feel this is quite an accomplishment for Robert and shows what can happen when a student devotes himself to something,” he said. “He has really put his time in preparing for this test and he has a general passion for the subject of geography. I have no doubt that Robert will do a great job representing the state of Wisconsin at the end of May.”
The championship round of the bee will be moderated by “Jeopardy” quizmaster Alex Trebek for the 23rd year.
Programming of the event, produced by National Geographic Television, will air nationally during the week of June 20 on the National Geographic Channel.
Bee programming also will be broadcast later on public television stations, presented by Maryland Public Television. For viewing dates and times, check local listings.
The bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s competition is sponsored by Google Inc. and at the state level, it is also sponsored by Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.
“National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Through the National Geographic Bee and our other activities, we hope to foster a lifelong passion for learning about other cultures and lands and to prepare young people to be responsible stewards of our planet,” said John Fahey, chairman and CEO of the National Geographic Society.