Westlake students head to state geographic bee

Logan Evans

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grader Christopher Haddad and Dover Intermediate School sixth-grader Logan Evans are heading to Columbus to represent their schools in the state Geographic Bee and to compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

School-level winners took a qualifying test and the top 100 scores were named semifinalists and eligible to compete at the state Bee. State qualifiers compete in an oral competition, to be held March 27 at the Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Atlas of the World, a medal and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state May 11-13 at the National Geographic Bee Championship.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on May 15 at 4 p.m.

At this year’s school Bees, students had to answer such questions as:

  • Six-time Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, play football near the source of the Ohio River in which state – Alabama or Pennsylvania? [Pennsylvania]
  • Balboa Park, with more than 10 museums, performing arts centers and gardens, is located in which southern California city? [San Diego]
  • Taylor Swift performed songs from her album Red last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders the South China Sea? [Malaysia]
  • Disney’s blockbuster movie “Frozen” is set in the fictional lad of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula? [Scandinavian Peninsula]
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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.17.2015