Representing Bester Elementary at Geography Bee

Representing Bester Elementary at Geography Bee

The National Geography Bee is a nationwide contest for students in grades 4 through 8 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 contest in each school must take a written qualifying test. As many as 100 of 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 nine students with the highest score on that written test became the finalists for our school competition. Representing Best at the Bee on January 6, 2009 were: Kenny Jackson, Nia McDannell, Cheyenne Rickett, Selena Fitzgerald, Solana Tobar, Tyler Mills, Isiah Vinson, Matthew Schaefer, and Eletria Herbert.
The rounds consisted of multiple-choice questions which were answered either individually orally at a microphone or written on a dry erase board. After three rounds two contestants remained to compete in the championship round. First runner up was Solana Tobar, a fifth grader in Mrs. Courter's class. The school champion is Nia McDannell, a fifth grader from Mrs. Strite's classroom.
Officials for the competition were judges- Mark Shives, Ryan Grabill, and Diane Mentzer, Timer- Kelsey Dean and Presenter- Debbie Bolyard. Facilitator was the Enrichment teacher for the school, Barbara McCusker.