Several Christ Lutheran students stood out recently in the Lutheran Schools’ Spelling and Geography Bees.
Held in February, these events brought students from Lutheran schools to Valley Lutheran High School to compete on the big stage alongside their bright and determined peers. Christ Lutheran took first place in both the Geography Bee and the Jr. High Spelling Bee.
CLS fifth grader Alexander Escobar was one of 10 students to compete in Christ Lutheran’s intra-school Geography Bee in November, winning a spot at the competition.
Although this was his first year participating in the Geography Bee, Alexander enjoyed every minute of this journey and has big plans for his future after a fantastic finish. “The Geography Bee challenges me about the knowledge of the world,” Alexander said. “I want to compete and win the national Geography Bee competition. When I grow up, I would like to be a structural engineer and an archaeologist.”
CLS sixth grader Christian Matt was mostly happy about the Geography Bee. “I was excited to win the Geo Bee because it was the first time CLS won it at Valley Lutheran High School,” Christian said. “I felt bad for the second-place team because they had to travel all the way back to Yuma.”
It was also Christian’s first year competing, but that didn’t stop him from achieving great results alongside his fellow students. “I have always been fond of history which helps with map skills – and I studied the maps in my bedroom. I enjoyed the Geography Bee because I got to work with my team at CLS and bring back a trophy to the school.”
The opportunity to work together as a team toward a common goal is beneficial for these students, and the school community came together to show its support and cheer them on. After such a successful run, the students plan to carry this momentum into next year as they prepare for future geography and spelling bees.
Principal Jon Doyle says he’s proud of the students who participated in the competition, as they truly demonstrated teamwork and collaboration while representing their school community.
“The students represented Christ Lutheran School after going through a competition in front of their peers, so they earned the opportunity to represent their school,” Doyle said. “As the principal, what impressed me the most was all of our competitors and how they handled themselves against other students from other schools in the area.”