Six Washington County public school students to compete in Md. Geography Bee

April 03, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Six students from Washington County Public Schools will compete Friday in the Maryland Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic.

About 100 students will compete, with the winner advancing to the 20th annual National Geographic Bee in May. The event is open to students in grades 4 to 8.

The local students participating are: Rami B. Yanes, Boonsboro Middle; Ben Seifert, Emma K. Doub; Tyler Bivona, Western Heights Middle; Nathaniel J. Parchment, Northern Middle; Charles S. Keyser, Smithsburg Middle; and Steven C. Hart, Springfield Middle.

Nathaniel, a seventh-grader, said this was the third year he took the written test to advance to the state event, and the first year he has qualified.


"I think I've just gotten better over the years," he said. "I'm very excited."

Nathaniel said he was looking forward to the competition, and said he enjoys geography.

"I like how many different things there are to learn," he said.

Linda Kucynski, curriculum and instruction specialist with Washington County Public Schools, said questions in the geography bee can include topics such as history, political science, how land is used and how land changes.

"We're very excited about accomplishments of the students," said Steve Wernick, supervisor of elementary language arts, social studies and early learning. "We're always proud of the work of our students."

Kucynski said that about five students from Washington County typically move on to the state event. Students had to have one of the top 100 scores in the state on a written exam.

Each state winner will receive $100, a National Geographic globe and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals in May.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers also receive college scholarships.

If You Go

What: Maryland Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic

When: Friday, 10:15 a.m.

Where: Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville

Details: For more information, go to

Sample questions

Q: Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits - California or Maine?)
A: California

Q: What country has the world's largest Muslim population - Indonesia or Mexico?
A: Indonesia

Q: The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?ºA: Europe

Q: What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering land mass and may contain one or more bays?
A: Gulf

Q: The port of Rotterdam is built on the delta of which major European river?
A: Rhine River

Q: Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country's manufactured goods?
A: Ontario

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