Geography Bee Puts Middle Schoolers to the Test

The morning of Friday, January 9 began with 28 middle schoolers standing on the Horn Theatre stage prepared to put their geography knowledge to the test. An hour later, only two contestants in the Middle School Geography Bee were still standing. Seventh graders Nicholas Z. and Riley H. faced off against each other in the Bee’s championship round which consisted of the following three questions:

Q: Jack London’s classic novel The Call of the Wild tells the story of a pet dog that learns to survive in the wild after being kidnapped. This story takes place in the Yukon in which country?

A: Canada

Q: Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula?

A: Scandinavian Peninsula

Q: National Geographic explorer Shivani Bhalla works with warriors in the local Samburu community to protect lions south of Lake Turkana in which African country?

A: Kenya

In the end, Riley H. was named “champion” and awarded a medal from the National Geographic Society presented by social studies teacher Craig Copeland. Riley now must take a written test in order to move on to the state finals. Congratulations to all the contestants from fifth to eighth grade for participating in the school-level qualifying event for the National Geographic Bee which will be held in May.

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