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Geo Bee Winner1

Congratulations to 7th Grader, Diane Parks for winning the school Geography Bee for the second year in a row. Diane also qualified for the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is being held at Pacific Lutheran University over Spring Break.

The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.


How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bee this year, students had to answer questions like these:

The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?

Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?

The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?

What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer?


Robert Kalahan

Fairhaven Principal


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