GREAT FALLS — The University of Montana, in partnership with the International Academic Competitions (IAC), hosted a Geography Bee on Sunday, March 13 - and students from Foothills Community Christian School in Great Falls shined.
Eighth-grade students Aidan Miller, Noah Fladager, and Weston TeSlaa all finished in the top 50% of their division and earned the opportunity to compete at the U.S. Geography Championships in Florida in June.
Miller was the overall champion for eighth-grade; Fladager finished in third place, and TeSlaa finished fifth.
Miller and Fladager, by finishing in the top 25%, also earned the opportunity to compete in the International Geography Championships in Vermont in July.
David Madden - the founder of IAC and a 19-day "Jeopardy!" champion - says these kids are learning about so much more.
“Graphic education often gets short shrift," said Madden. "In the American education system it is rarely taught as a stand-alone course. But it's so important for an understanding of what's going on in the world.”