Two Timpview High students and one of their Hillcrest High School counterparts took top honors in the Citizen Bee held in the city chambers at the Salt Lake City and County building on Saturday.
Susan Henderson, Close Up Foundation representative, said the event is fashioned after a spelling bee but is similar to the television game show "Jeopardy." The categories of questions include American history, government, economics, geography and current events.Twenty-four students from all over Utah participated in the competition - all of them earlier winners in regional competition where 49 schools were represented.
First place in the academic contest went to Jeremy Pope of Timpview High. Second place was taken by Christopher Bown representing Hillcrest High, and Nephi Allred of Timpview came in third.
Prizes were donated by the Apple Corp. First place was a $1,000 savings bond, second place was $500, and third place was a prize of $200.
Pope and Bown will travel to Washington, D.C., June 22-26 to continue in the national contest. Prizes there will be scholarships of $12,000, $8,000, and $4,000, all donated by Honda Corp.
Henderson said this is Utah's second year of participation in the Citizen Bee. Participation increased from eight schools last year to 49 schools entering the contest this year.
The Close Up Foundation, sponsor of the event, is a non-profit civic education association. According to Henderson, the foundation has helped 560 Utahns visit Washington, D.C., this year.