Middle school Geography bees were held in schools throughout the state to determine the local winner. Cole won this title in January and was then required to take a state-qualifying test which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to to compete at the state level.
The Iowa National Geographic Bee will be held at Grinnell College on Friday, March 30.
The state winner will receive $100, the complete National Geographic on DVD and a trip to Washington, D.C. where he/se will represent Iowa in the national finals May 22-24. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also receive an all-expense trip to the Galapagos Islands, along with one parent.
This is Cole's second year competing at the state level!
He is the son of Sue and Clay Drenth, Alta.