Mitchell Middle School student a three-time champion

Mitchell Middle School student Bane Briggs recently accomplished something that hadn’t been achieved before. He’s the first three-time winner of the school’s Geography Bee which has been held for more than 30 years.

Congressman Dusty Johnson was on-hand to celebrate Bane’s accomplishment. “The fact that you have been able to be better than all of these fifth and sixth and seventh and eight graders not once, not twice but three times is pretty remarkable,” said Johnson. “Thanks for being good at something that really matters in the world.”

Congressman Dusty Johnson presents a Congressional challenge coin to three-time Mitchell Middle School Geography Bee champion Bane Briggs.

Johnson said says it’s hard to be good at Geography. “It requires a certain interdisciplinary love, a curiosity…..and the person that knows geography knows a lot about where we’ve come and where we’re going.”

Congressman Dusty Johnson and Middle School Geography Bee champion Bane Briggs discuss world geography.

Johnson and Bane also had a lively discussion regarding world geography, as family and school personnel listened intently. The Congressman also presented Bane with a Congressional Challenge Coin in recognition of his achievement.

Bane had qualified for the State Geography Bee,  sponsored by National Geographic, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.