Jack Langen, representing Missouri in National Geographic Bee, does not advance

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 2:18 p.m. CDT
Jack Langen, the first place winner of the 24th annual Missouri Geographic Bee held at MU on Friday afternoon, won $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete with geography whizzes from all parts of the country in the National Geographic Bee. The Missouri Geographic Bee is an event that draws elementary and middle-school-aged contestants from schools throughout the state. Langen is from Columbia and attends West Junior High School.

COLUMBIA — Jack Langen will not advance to the finals of the National Geographic Bee on Thursday.

Jack, an eighth-grader at West Junior High School, scored a seven out of nine in the preliminary rounds Tuesday in Washington, D.C., his mother, Amy Langen said in a brief voice mail.

The 14-year-old was representing Missouri at the national competition.

Amy Langen said family and friends are proud of Jack's achievements. 

Although this could not yet be confirmed on the bee website early Tuesday afternoon, she said four participants had a perfect score and automatically advance to the finals. The other six will be selected from among a dozen students who scored eight out of nine. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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