8th-Grader From Texas Wins 2019 National Geographic Bee
They know that Kiswahili is spoken in Kenya, that the Vistula River flows north to the Baltic Sea, that weddings mixing Shinto and Western traditions have become the rage in Japan. See the full list of the National Geographic Bee state champions below.
Thousands of 4th-through 8th-grade students from more than 12, schools and homeschool associations across the U. Jeopardy host Alex Trebek will moderate the championship round here at Society headquarters on May 26th. More than six million students compete in the National Geographic Bee each year. Just 54 earn a spot at the national finals.
I asked Mary Lee Elden, who has directed the National Geographic Bee since its inception more than 20 years ago, to share her thoughts on what it takes to master the Bee.
Kids who make it this far understand that geography is about connections, not just place names. Though the contest includes questions with one-word answers, the Bee staff works hard to make them thinking questions, with clues to help students deduce the answers.
In most cases, the winning students have been into geography for a long time—long by the standard of, year-olds. They love to read everything they can about the world: Newspapers, books, National Geographic magazine, our website, and more.
Parents of finalists will often tell me that their kids loved maps from a very young age—three or four years old. And those parents gave them maps, encouraged them, encouraged that interest.
Good teachers make great facilitators, too, helping students do their best and pursue their interests, while giving them the confidence to show what they know.
What advice would you give students who hope to become Geographic Bee champions—or anyone who wants to become more geographically literate?
Make the connections between places, issues, and events. Things happen for a reason, and often the reason is geography. In addition to some fame and serious bragging rights, what will the U. National Geographic Bee champion win this year? How have past Geographic Bee finalists and champions put their global smarts to use?
Our first few champions went on to medical school and became doctors. A few have come to Capital Hill and are working in politics.
Some have gone into international relations, as Kyle plans to do.
Anders Knospe, the national champion, is getting his PhD in physics.It is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The State Bees were held on March 29, where the 54 finalists were determined. Fifty-four State or Territory level Champions were determined.
The winners have also received a National Geographic Almanac.
The state preliminary rounds there were 8 total consisted of rounds about U. All 54 regional champions received an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D. The state competitions' prize money was increased again from last year. The 54 state champions competed in the preliminary rounds held from May This part of the contest consisted of 10 oral rounds, as well as a written portion about tackling plastic pollution in various waterways around the world.
Both sections were worth 10 points. The top 10 contestants with the highest scores in the preliminary rounds competed in the semifinals on May After 7 other contestants were eliminated that day, Rishi Kumar of Maryland, Atreya Mallanna from Massachusetts, and Nihar Janga from Texas advanced to the finals, which were held the next day. The Semi-Final competition was held on May 21, After seven rounds with a mix of individual and common questions, with each question being worth one point, and one lighting round, with three rapid-fire questions being asked, each being worth one point, the four students with the lowest scores were eliminated.
Aarush Tutiki of Michigan and Kaylan Patel of Florida were both eliminated and tied for 9th place, along with Omkar Gadewar of Illinoiswho finished in 8th place.
After applying the results of a tiebreaker test that the students took previously, Dylan Rem of New York was eliminated and finished in 7th place. After that, a GeoChallenge Impact round took place. The remaining six contestants were given two photos of the same place, one of the pictures was taken in the past, and one was taken in the last couple of years.
Contestants were asked to describe the changes that took place and why they mattered. After this, the three students with the lowest scores were eliminated. Lakshay Sood of New Mexico was eliminated and finished in 6th place, along with Vaibhav Hariram of North Carolinawho finished in 5th place, and Jishnu Nayak of Californiawho finished in 4th place.
The Final Rounds were held the next day on May 22, The three contestants began with a series of five common questions, with each correct answer being awarded one point.
After this, it was revealed that the top three contestants were interviewed by the judges for an Impact Challenge round. The videos of these interviews were then displayed.
The contestants were first asked why it is important to protect wild places on earth. Afterwards, the contestants were given five choices of places that they believed National Geographic should protect.
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All three contestants chose the Congo Basin Tropical Forest. Then, Finalists were asked to explain one step they could take to help protect their chosen location. After this, a Mapmaker round was held.
Contestants were asked to draw on a map of the Arctic Region. They were first asked to circle one city on the map that would experience significant economic and population changes, and were then asked to explain why they chose that city.
They were then asked to choose two cities that lied beyond the map that would benefit from a new shipping route through the Arctic, and were asked to explain their reasoning. Lastly, they were asked to highlight an area on the map that they believed would need protection as a result of human activity, and were asked to explain their reasoning. After this round, Rishi Kumar of Maryland had the lowest score and was eliminated, finishing in 3rd place. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The Geography Bee, more properly known as the National Geographic Bee, begins at the local level and winners work their way to the final competition in Washington D.
The Geography Bee begins in schools with students from fourth through eighth grade across the United States in December and January.
Each school Geography Bee champion takes a written test upon winning the Bee in their school. One hundred school winners from each state proceed to the State Level Finals in April, based on their scores on a written test scored by the National Geographic Society. Department of Defense schools winners are narrowed to a field of ten finalists. The ten finalists compete on day two and the winner is announced and wins a college scholarship.
What follows are tips and techniques to help you prepare for the National Geographic Bee formerly called the National Geography Bee but since the National Geographic Society is the organizer, they decided to change the name. In the state finals, there was a difficult round devoted to exotic species but each question's answer was the choice between two places so having a good geographical knowledge would have been the easiest way to win the round.
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Geography Expert. Updated October 01, Hooker Middle School in Goshen, N. When the competition had dwindled down to just two, both Susannah and Tim missed the first championship-round question.
It was the first question she had answered incorrectly in the competition. She said the Oriental Route, and he answered the Overland Trail. The correct answer was the Silk Route.
Tim came up with Brazil, the correct answer. The 10 finalists survived preliminary competition among 57 state winners by answering questions Wednesday in nine category rounds including physical, economic, political and cultural geography, architecture and rivers. The 57 contestants, age 11 to 14, represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and the Department of Defense schools.
And a knowledge of geography is going to be critical in dealing with ocean pollution, atmospheric pollution and governmental differences. Recent studies have shown American adults and students seriously lacking in their knowledge of geography. In a country survey conducted by the Gallup Organization Inc. Kevin is one of six students who participated in the preliminary rounds for the second time. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news.
The Associated Press. All rights reserved.The NSF Geography Bee is intended as an opportunity for elementary and middle school children to study geography and become more aware of the importance of Geography in day-to-day events.
Scarcely a day goes by when we are not reminded by the media of the ongoing struggle for survival that is being waged in all the far-flung corners of Planet Earth. Headlines tell of Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, a flood in Bangladesh, a famine in Ethiopia or an earthquake in Guatemala. We read of war in Iraq and Afghanistan or terrorism in the Middle East. Our TV screens show us these events in great graphic detail.
An adequate understanding of Geography enriches our understanding of the news in its proper context. For example, we will better understand why an earthquake near Indonesia in the Indian Ocean can affect so many countries around it.
We should try to understand not only where these events are occurring, but also why they are taking place and how they will impact our lives. Knowledge of Geography impacts our understanding of international relations, economy, history, environment, etc. Finally a shrinking globe and global village are fast becoming a reality during the 21 st century. Geography is all the more relevant in adjusting to this new reality.
The knowledge of differing peoples and places one a better citizen of the World today! Being Indian-Americans, it is our responsibility and pride to impart the knowledge of Indian geography, history and its culture to our children.
See the section on Geography Contest Rules. No, a participant can only participate in one Geography bee and in one regional center only. Eligible contestants from the regional competitions will be invited into the same bee for the NSF National Finals event. Yes, a child in KG is allowed to participate in Junior Geography Bee, on an equal basis without any special privileges.
Parents should bring young children into the contest with the primary aim of getting them familiar with the Bee. Over the last several years many young children have participated and done exceedingly well in various contests. Online registration via NSF homepage is generally available, starting early January. You can also refer to the Regional Contest Calendar or ask your Regional Coordinator about registration deadlines and contest dates.Three finalists competed Wednesday to take home the title at the National Geographic Bee.
The National Geographic GeoBee crowned its winner yesterday. But we're not just talking about what-is-the-highest-mountain-peak questions here. Host Mo Rocca questioned contestants on remote natural landmarks, climate change and geopolitics, winnowing down the pool of contestants to just two finalists.
Ina small zebra population was reintroduced to Kitulo National Park. This park can be found in what African country? And video of this event shows him falling to the ground when his final answer is deemed correct, so we got him on the phone to talk about that. Like, I could feel it. I actually was going to put what the other person put first, so I didn't know if I accidentally second-doubted myself.
And it was just, like, really horrifying but turned out to be good. It's looking at how places in those atlases affect our world today and how problems in those places affect us and how we can fix them individually and as humans of the world. People should know that you shouldn't give up after getting that one question wrong no matter how, like, disappointing or how close to the other person winning is because you might just get that one chance of winning. And that's what happened.
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Warren County fifth grader wins National Geographic GeoBee competition, hopes to qualify for state
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