Shane just received a letter informing him that he is a finalist in the State Geography Bee (sponsored by National Geographic). He will be competing on Friday, April 4, following in the footsteps of Joey (state finalist in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, placing 4th and 2nd the last two years), Chet (8th grade finalist), and Troy (7th grade finalist).
Note: We celebrate in memory of my dear friend, Paula Gessler (1961-2002), who first dragged us into the bee in 1996 so her kids wouldn't have to study alone. They HATED it, never did compete, and are now accomplished in their own fields, a real testiment to her continual encouragement and support of home education and dream following. Thanks to her, my children have been able to pursue a few dreams of their own.