Students Shine at this Year's Geography Bee

Districtwide, middle students participate in Geography Clubs that meet and practice throughout the school year to prepare and compete in the annual Middle School Geography Bee. This year’s culminating event was hosted by Altona Middle School on Monday night.

In addition to the Geography Bee, students participate in a College and Career Fair in Geography to promote geography. Geography departments from many Colorado colleges and universities were at the event as well as local businesses and organizations who hire geographers. Students and their parents learned about the various geography departments in Colorado and what one can do with a geography degree.

Sixteen teams from across the district competed in six dynamic rounds of questions. The six rounds of questions incorporated the following areas of geography:
Round 1: Physical Geography
Round 2: Cultural Geography
Round 3: Media
Round 4: Political Geography
Round 5: Current Events
Round 6: Economic Geography

The competition heated up when Sunset, Flagstaff, and Westview teams were vying to take the lead. And the winners are:
1st Place: Sunset Middle School 1
2nd Place: Flagstaff Academy 1
3rd Place: Sunset Middle School 2

Congratulations to all of the participating teams for their hard work and dedication. Exposure to geography concepts throughout daily curriculum is important because geography questions make up a quarter of the Social Studies standards. Geography clubs help support and reinforce academic standards from the classroom.

2017 Geography Bee Questions
Physical Geography: Name the map projection in which all parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude intersect at right angles.
Answer: Mercator Projection

Cultural Geography: Name the traditional ceremonial chant performed by Maori rugby teams prior to competition.
Answer: Haka

Media: This monument was dedicated in 1995 in Washington D.C. What war does it memorialize?
Answer: Korean War

Political Geography: The newest Supreme Court Justice sworn into office is from what state?
Answer: Colorado

Economic Geography: According to the World Bank, what country in 2015 was the poorest in the world based on GDP?
Answer: Central African Republic

Current Events: What is the last name of the current Prime Minister of Canada who happens to be the son of a former prime minister?
Answer: Trudeau