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Dewees Island Resident Sam Henshaw Wins 2018 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee

Sam Henshaw, who is a 7th grade student at Moultrie Middle School, won the 2018 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee! Sam lives on Dewees full time with his parents Jim and Melissa. See below for the full story!

Congratulations to Sam Henshaw of Moultrie Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC, who finished first place in the 30th Annual South Carolina National Geographic Bee in Columbia, SC on Friday, April 6, 2018. As the state champion, he received a $200 cash prize, the “National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition,” and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent South Carolina in the National Geographic Bee Championships, May 20-23, 2018.

Second place winner Patrick Wilmott, RC Edwards Middle School, Central, SC, received a $150 cash prize. Third place winner Andrew Price, Westview Middle School, Goose Creek, SC, received a $100 cash prize.

Rounding out the top ten were:

Kyle Nitsche, Fort Mill Middle School, Fort Mill, SC;
William Ostergaard, Irmo Middle School, Irmo, SC;
Dev Patel, McCants Middle School, Anderson, SC;
Jack Rose, Daniel Island School, Charleston, SC;
Brandon Sinclair, Cane Bay Middle School, Summerville, SC;
Brandon Tregde, Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC; and
Joshua Yow, Dent Middle School, Columbia, SC.

For the past 30 years, the National Geographic Bee has helped inspire more than 120 million students to learn more about the world. This year, 102 fourth through eighth graders participated in the South Carolina National Geographic Bee.

We truly have become a global community. By expanding our knowledge of the world and its people and cultures, we become more interconnected and see issues and events – economic, political, environmental, cultural — as not just “theirs” but as “ours.” Through your preparation for today’s Bee, your awareness of the world and the challenges it faces has grown tremendously. We hope you will continue to discover more about our planet and will motivate others to respect and protect its diverse peoples and environments.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz, which poses 10 new questions a day. The National Geographic Geo Quiz on Amazon’s Alexa, the Nat Geo Bee quiz on Google Action and the GeoBee Challenge app are also available free for iOS and Android users. In honor of the 30th year of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book, “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha.

Thank you for your support of geography education.



Charles F. Vaughan, Ed.D.
NBCT AYA Social Studies-History
Coordinator, SC Geographic Bee