Rebecca Fouts, an eighth-grader at Bishop Mussio Junior High and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fouts, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2012 Ohio National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's bee winner. School level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents School and the U.S. Territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
The 2012 Ohio National Geographic Bee will be held at Ohio State University in Mansfield on Friday. The state's winner will receive $100, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD," and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Ohio in the national finals May 22-24 at National Geographic Society Headquarters.
The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society. The national winner also will travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands.
For information on the National Geographic Bee, visit the website at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
Marty Chapman, guest lecturer for the Steubenville Art Association, explained the ancient art of wood turning at the association's March 20 meeting.
Chapman demonstrated carving a block of wood on a spinning lathe to create bowls, jars and decorative free-form art pieces. Members enjoyed the wide variety of utilitarian and aesthetic wood art works Chapman brought to exhibit, according to an association spokesperson.