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Geographic Bee
Posted 01/24/2017 07:07PM

8th grader Nick E. Wins Bullis Bee

by Michael Chellman, Middle School Social Studies Teacher

The Geographic Bee is a national competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society for grades 4-8. At Bullis, the preliminary rounds were conducted in social studies classes in the Middle School and by 4th and 5th grade teachers in Lower School in November and December. Every student in each grade level participated in these friendly competitions that produced two finalists for each grade level. The questions are provided by National Geographic and deal with both United States and World Geography.

The two final rounds of the competition were held during a combined Middle/Lower School Assembly on Thursday, January 19, with the 10 finalists (two each from grades 4-8) on stage. In the championship round, 7th grader Rodney Rice was the runner-up and 8th grader Nick Essepian was the overall winner.

While questions from the final rounds cannot be shared while other schools are still conducting their own Bees, here are some questions from the earlier preliminary competition round entitled "Weird But True:"

  1. An albatross can glide hundreds of miles without flapping its wings. It's weird but true! These birds can be found off the coast of which continent that includes the Ross and Filchner Ice Shelves?
  2. Male kangaroos flex their biceps to impress females. It's weird but true! The eastern gray kangaroo lives on Cape York Peninsula on which continent?
  1. Antarctica
  2. Australia
These questions are from another challenging round, round seven, in the preliminary competition, "Culture Connection:"
  1. An intricate kind of lace called nanduti combines Spanish and Guarani traditions in what landlocked country that borders Bolivia and Argentina?
  2. Geghard Monastery, partially carved out of a mountain, is a World Heritage site located east of the capital city of Yerevan. This monastery is located in which country in the Caucasus region?


  1. Paraguay
  2. Armenia

Winner Nick will take National Geographic's online qualifying test to see if he will be chosen to compete in the Maryland State Geography Bee.

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