Three of my kids participated in academic competitions in the last week.
Gus and Terri took part in the Geography Bee. It's been really motivating for them to learn more geography and they had fun. Both made it into the final round by the skin of their teeth at which point Gus did very well and made it to the head-to-head championship round. After about seven tied answers (only one incorrect), his competitor pulled off a win. It was very exciting!
Ria competed in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and came in first place in the local competition! She'll move on to the regionals next month. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that poetry and memorized recitations have been some of Ria's favorite things for many years. (For which I should also credit Laura Berquist's suggestions, our long-running monthly co-op recitals and G.K. Chesterton!) They were required to have two piece of memorized poetry from an approved list and she chose Chesterton's The Donkey and Shakespeare's Sonnet XXIX. She needs to have a third poem for the regionals and has chosen Trees by Joyce Kilmer. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the competition, but am looking forward to hearing her recite at the regionals.