Academic Competitions

In grades three through eight, we recognize students who have earned honor roll recognition through their studies.  Our school participates in the National Geography Bee, and our school competes in the area Lutheran Schools’ Spelling Bee.  Students in grades six through eight demonstrate their artistic talents by participating in the local Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest.  The Peace Poster winner at St. Johns then goes on to regional competition.

The theme for this year’s Lions Club Peace Poster contest is “The Future of Peace.”
Peace Poster winners from St. Johns Lutheran School are Cassidy (1st place), Dylan (2nd place), and Andrew I. (3rd place). Cassidy’s poster will go on to compete at the regional competition.

Photo (left to right): Andrew I. (3rd), Dylan (2nd), Cassidy (1st)

Regional Spelling Bee

Five schools competed in this year’s Southeastern Minnesota Lutheran School Spelling Bee held in Winona. The St. Johns spelling bee team won 2nd place this year overall and received the 2nd place team traveling plaque; Silo (Lewiston) took 1st place, and Immanuel Lutheran Plainview took 3rd place. Individually, Dylan was awarded the 3rd place trophy in the 5th/6th grade division.

Our spelling bee team this year:
3rd & 4th grade team: Caden, Landan, Aspen, Greta
5th & 6th grade team: Mckenzie, Jeffrey, Dylan, Andrew I.
7th & 8th grade team: Nicole, Isabel, Major, Joshua

2017 National Geographic Bee Results

Major wins school level National Geographic Bee at St. Johns Lutheran School

Major, an 8th grade student at St. Johns Lutheran School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Joshua took 2nd place, and Nickolas E. took 3rd place in the competition. The school geography bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Major, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color. National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit