Tanis Leach

Tanis Leach

SHERWOOD — A seventh grader from St. Francis School here is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2013 Oregon National Geographic Bee, set for April 5 at Western Oregon University. 

Tanis Leach is the first St. Francis student to earn the honor.

Local geography bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth graders. School winners then took a qualifying test. The top 100 in each state was invited to state bees. 

The state winner will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national finals, May 20-22. The national winner will get a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. 

Here are a few sample questions: The Danakil Depression, located in part of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the lowest points in what continent? (Africa) What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river? (delta).