An eighth-grader from Sturgis Williams Middle School has taken top honors at the 2014 South Dakota state-level Geographic Bee.
Bridger Gordon receives $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent South Dakota in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 19-21.
Gordon captured the state title Friday at Northern State University.
Max Peters, a seventh grader from Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls, took second place. Tyler Neely, an eighth grader from O'Gorman Junior High School in Sioux Falls, took third place.
Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools took part in the state-level bees.