ROXBURY, NJ – Student Austin Christian earned the first place recognition as well as a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card recently in the annual Lincoln/Roosevelt School geography bee.

Christian’s next step will be to complete an online test to see if he will advance to the state geography bee.

Fellow student Scott Fellman placed second earning a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card.

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The boys were among 32 sixth graders at Lincoln/Roosevelt who competed in the annual geography gee on Jan. 12. This 90-minute program is part of the National Geographic Geography Bee.

Lincoln/Roosevelt social studies teachers Eric Roy and Kathleen Turnbull helped their students prepare for this event. Students had 10 days of preparation leading to the peppering of questions on U.S. geography and some world geography.

Sample questions included which form of mass production was used by Henry Ford to produce automobiles in large quantities in Detroit.

Another question was: Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates?

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, “designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world,” says National Geographic.

Students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 contest for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.