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Jefferson County student wins 2019 state GeoBee held at Shepherd

ISSUED: 1 April 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Joss Poteet of Wildwood Middle in Jefferson County won the West Virginia State Geography Bee March 29 at Shepherd University. First runner-up was Grant Kenamond of Triadelphia Middle in Ohio County, and Andrew Oyerly of Shepherdstown Elementary School was second runner-up. This is the first time Shepherd has hosted the statewide GeoBee, which was sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the West Virginia Geographic Alliance.

Poteet won a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., May 19-22 to represent the state in the National Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters. The second and third place winners received cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

The 10 finalists who competed in the GeoBee are (l. to r.) Frank Day, St. Joseph Grade School, Huntington; Alex Himes, Taylor County Middle School; Mitchell Proper, Winfield Middle School; Trayven Neely, Princeton Middle School; Dave Lemon, West Fairmont Middle School; Andrew Overly, second runner-up, Shepherdstown Middle School; Grant Kenamond, first runner-up, Triadelphia Middle School; Quinn Brown, Bluefield Middle School; Moses Warui, St. Joseph School, Martinsburg; Joss Poteet, state champion, Wildwood Middle School.

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