Bornemann wins geography bee
By Annette Tait
Which state is larger in area—West Virginia or Florida? Which continent includes the Jutland and Iberian Peninsulas? Brisbane and Perth are port cities on which continent? To visit writer Ernest Hemingway’s home near Havana and to hike to the top of El Yunque, you would travel to what country?
Give up? Center-Stanton Public Schools students in grades four through eight did their bests to answer similar questions last week while competing in the district’s annual National Geographic Geography Bee, and they gave a lot of correct answers.
“The event provides a different type of competition to our students in grades 4-8,” Center-Stanton Elementary School Principal Kathy Bullinger said. “They find that they sometimes know more than they think they do about our country and world. Knowing key landforms or places often helps students grab an answer that they might not expect to get initially. It is fun to watch them think it through and get it right.”
The event began with a seven-round preliminary in which Bullinger read a question for each of the participating students in turn. The judging panel -- Fourth Grade Teacher Lane Flagen, Sixth Grade Teacher Claudia Albers, and Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher Donna Davidson -- monitored responses and kept track of correct answers. The preliminary started with a round of general United States geography and included rounds like Team Turf, in which students had to match geographic features such as rivers and lakes with the state where a national sports teams is based; Fascinating Facts, where questions were based on facts found in the National Geographic book “Weird But True”; and Pop Artists on Tour, where participants were given a popular entertainer’s name and a city where he or she had recently appeared, and students had to name the correct country for the city name provided.