James Ostergaard an eighth grade student, won the Geography Bee competition for students in grades 4-8 at St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua.

Ostergaard is a repeat school champion and qualified for the state finals last year.

Emily Pilla took second place and James McKinley finished third. Both are are 7th grade students.

Friday's competition was held to determine who advances to the State Geography Bee in State College. The school level winner will take a written test to qualify for competition at the state level. At the state level qualifying children compete against each other for the chance to advance to the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

The contest is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.