Advertisement

Bester School holds Geography Bee competition

February 03, 2008

The National Geography Bee is a nationwide contest for students in grades four through eight, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The purpose of the Bee is to promote teaching and study of geography. There are three levels of competition: school, state and national. To compete for advancement from the school to state level, the winning contestant in each school must take a written qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in each state and territory will advance to the national level.

Each fourth- and fifth- grade class held a preliminary competition in the form of a written test during their media encore time during the weeks prior to Thanksgiving. The 10 students with the highest scores on that written test became the finalists for the school competition.

Representing Hagerstown's Bester Elementary School at the Bee on Jan. 7 were: Alexis Harvey, Jacob Norris, Ozzy Brown, Heidi Plumer, Adrian Bolton, Rebekah Wolf, Roy Green, Olivia Griffin, Kylee Garnett and Mylasia Lewis.

Advertisement

The rounds consisted of multiple-choice questions, which were answered either individually, orally at a microphone or written on dry erase board. After three rounds, two contestants remained to compete in the championship round. First runner-up was Kylie Garnett, a fourth-grader in Mrs. McGee's class. The school champion was Heidi Plumer, a fifth-grader from Mrs. Bickers' class.

Officials for the competition were judges Mark Shives, Ryan Grabill and Diane Mentzer, timer Josh Edwards, and presenter Debbie Bolyard. The facilitator was Barbara McCusker, the enrichment teacher for the school.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|