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Another Win Puts WPHS Geography Bowl Team on the Map

March 28, 2013
By SARAH HARMON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Wheeling Park High School's Geography Bowl team won West Virginia's 11th Annual High School Geography Bowl held earlier this month in Athens, W.Va., earning the title of state champions for the third year in a row.

The seven team members included students Audrey Biega, Riley Bresnahan, Mary Coleman, Samantha Dodd, Alyson Hehr, William Hofmann and Blake Humphrey.

The team competed against 15 other schools in the state and bested second-place winner Woodrow Wilson High School in the final round.

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Photo by Sarah Harmon
Members of Wheeling Park High School’s Geography Bowl team won the state championship at Concord University earlier this month. Pictured, from left, are Blake Humphrey, Mary Coleman, Audrey Biega, Samantha Dodd, Alyson Hehr and William Hofmann.

Other competing schools included Shady Spring, Pikeview, Pocahontas County, Webster County, Capital, Sissonville, Lincoln County, Princeton, Westside, Van, Scott, Independence, Ritchie County and Moorefield high schools.

In addition to winning the competition, each WPHS team member earned a full-tuition scholarship for eight semesters to Concord University, where the competition was held.

The students competed in a variety of subjects including physical geography, current events, human geography and maps and were asked questions based on these subjects. The team with the most right answers wins the bowl.

"The kids worked exceptionally hard," WPHS teacher Jacob Galick said. "They deserve to be recognized for their achievement. It was a tremendous competition."

The state High School Geography Bowl is sponsored by the West Virginia Geographic Alliance.

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