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Jefferson County Student Earns Second Place at National Geographic State Bee by National Geographic Society

 Joss Poteet
Charles Town, W. Va. – Joss Poteet, a student at Wildwood Middle School, placed second in the 2017 West Virginia National Geographic State Bee. The contest was held in Athens, W. Va. on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Sixty-seven students competed in the statewide competition. These competitors were all winners from individual schools across the state. At the state competition, Poteet was one of three students to achieve a perfect score in the preliminary rounds, making him an automatic qualifier for the final round.
The state contest was the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which celebrates 29 years in existence. The state competition was held at Concord University and consisted of students in fourth grade through eighth grade. Students throughout the state competed to determine three state winners who would represent West Virginia at the national level.   
"We are so proud of Joss. This is his second year competing at the state level, and he catapulted from not even qualifying for the final rounds at state, to achieving second place,” said Claire Webb, social studies teacher at Wildwood Middle School.” He worked so hard and he is already planning his strategy for next year," she continued.

As a second place winner, Poteet received $75, and a National Geographic Atlas. The national champion of this competition will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel with a parent or guardian on an all-expenses paid trip to the Galápagos Islands, where he or she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided courtesy of Lindblad Expenditures and National Geographic.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated by award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on Friday, May 19.
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About the National Geographic Society
With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit

About Jefferson County Schools
The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society. ” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. With 17 schools, including Jefferson High School, which was ranked sixth in the state in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report, the school district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. C.W. Shipley Elementary received the National Blue Ribbon Schools award in 2014. The district annually receives teacher grants for student programs and has an award-winning state middle school jazz band. 
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