Ellie Tonn will represent Springfield as a National Geographic GeoBee State Competition Semifinalist.

Tonn named National GeoBee State Competition Semifinalist

The National Geographic Society named Ellie Tonn, an eighth grader at Springfield Public Elementary, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. 

Ellie is the daughter of Becky and Derek Tonn. 

She is the first Springfield student to qualify for the National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. 

“We’re just really proud of her and how she’s representing our school and community. We wish her the best of luck at state,” said Superintendent Keith Kottke

Ellie began preparing for the competition about a month before the Jan. 24 school-wide competition. Since then she’s continued her studies using different app’s. Her favorites are the Nat Geo app and Stack the Countries app. 

“Ellie Tonn is a fantastic student,” said Principal Moriarty. “Ellie is a focused student that cares about her education. Ellie has a calm, steady  demeanor about her that classmates find refreshing. Ellie is a young leader in our building and I look forward to great things from Ellie in the near future.”

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. 

See complete story in this week's issue of the Springfield Advance-Press.

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