TUBA CITY-Several of the Eagle's Nest Intermediate School (ENIS) students competed and won placement in not just local but national competition for knowledge in geography, spelling and science interest areas.
Teachers and sponsors had a huge responsibility for logistics, leadership, sparking creative classroom activity time and lifetime interest to make these competitions work for their middle school-age students. They included Cynthia Robbins (K-6 Challenge Program/Gifted teacher), Cheryl Jackson (K-12 Challenge Program coordinator), Maggie Leatherbury (ENIS assistant principal), Priscilla Tallsalt (ENIS librarian), Darlene Kewenvoyouma (ENIS Reading tutor), teacher sponsor Shirley Haswood and Mrs. Alfred as the Science Fair sponsor,
All ENIS students in grades 4 through 6, took a qualifying pre-test. Once these pre-tests were graded, 30 of the top scoring students where chosen to participate in the ENIS Geography Bee.
Preliminary competition covered areas of U.S. Geography, State Geography, Comparisons and Choices, U.S. Cities, Continents, Cultural Geography, World Geography and "Odd Item Out" (where students choose the item that does not belong in that category).
Final competition includes two students who participate in the championship round of three questions each. Students wrIte down their responses, and the highest number of correct answers wins.
All but ten top scoring students were eliminated in the ending rounds. Then after the seventh round, only four students remained. Then two more were eliminated.
The four finalists at ENIS were Kenard Dillon (sixth grade, Judy Reinoso's class), Christopher Honahnie (sixth grade, Tanya Tso's class), Brandon Begaye (sixth grade) and Ryan Moran (sixth grade, Tanya Tso's class).
The final two top winners were Kenard Dillon and Christopher Honahni.
The final winning questions were: (1) Mount Olympus, reaching an elevation of 9,570 feet, is the highest point in which European country? The answer: Greece.
(2) In April 2006, pro-democracy in Katmandu and the surrounding countryside resulted in the king transferring power to the Parliament in which Asian country? Answer: Nepal.
Kenard Dillon will be the official ENIS representative in a written qualifying test, which was sent to the National Geographic Bee headquarters in Washington D.C. If Dillon scores high in the national written test, he will then participate in the local Arizona state competition this spring.
ENIS Spelling Bee Winners (no photo):
Danica Manygoats-1st Place; Mariah Provencial-2nd Place; Christian Engle-alternate; Ryan Moran-alternate; Tyler Johnson-1st Place; Christopher Honahni-2nd Place; Kyra Kaya- 2nd Place; Kenard Dillon-1st Place; and Trystyn Sieweyumptewa-alternate.
ENIS Geography Bee Winners (no photo):
Kenard Dillon-1st Place; Christopher Honahni-2nd Place; Runner-Ups: Brandon Begaye and Ryan Moran.