Three students from Legacy Traditional Schools (LTS) scored among the top 100 students in the state, qualifying them to compete at the 2014 Arizona National Geographic Bee., at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Chris Pechinski, 8th-grader at LTS Avondale; Jairus Miller, 7th-grader at LTS Gilbert; and Armand A. Santilli, 7th-grader at LTS Maricopa, all took first place at their school competitions before taking the written qualifying exam that advanced them to the state-level competition.
Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the competition is designed for students in grades four through eight to spark student interest and increase public awareness of the subject of geography.
State winners are invited to National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, DC, in late May to compete in the national finals. The top three finalists win scholarships in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000 and $50,000.
About Legacy Traditional Schools
Legacy Traditional Schools is a tuition-free, public charter school district serving students in grades K-8 on eight campuses. Arizona’s largest charter school district, Legacy has an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education and is fully accredited through AdvancEd, the world’s largest educational community.