Southern Middle School student to attend state geography bee

Jessica Schladebeck

A Southern York eighth-grader has advanced to the state level of a national geography competition.

Lucas Schwenke will compete in the state geography bee in April

Lucas Schwenke will compete in the 28th Pennsylvania Geography Bee competition in April at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, according to a press release. He is one of 100 students from grades four to eight who will be vying for one of the top 10 places in order to compete in the final round.

The bee, designed by National Georgraphic to inspire the incorporation of geography into class curriculum, is made up of eight rounds where students will be required to answer questions presented to them by a panel of judges.

The top two finalist will advance to the championship round, and the winner in May will compete at the national level at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

To prepare for the state competition, Lucas said he will study current events and geography.

“I like to learn about current cultures and events that are happening around the world,” he said.

Lucas, to qualify for the competition, won the middle school’s geography bee in January and then took a written qualifying test for the state-level bee. Based on his score, he earned his spot in the Pennsylvania competition next month.

Lucas is the second Southern Middle School student in five years to qualify for the state level of the national geography bee, according to a press release.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at