Brandon Goodwin, a seventh grader at Union Middle School, was one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Iowa Geographic Bee. In early January, Brandon won the school-level bee at Union Middle School, where he competed against his fellow 7th and 8th grade classmates. He then took the state qualifying test and was one of the 100 students eligible to compete at the state-level Geography Bee.
The 2014 Iowa Geographic Bee was held at Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls on April 4. Although Brandon did not advance to the national competition, he represented Union Middle School very well.