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2018 FMS Geography Bee

Principal’s Blog



Fairhaven Middle School just held our annual National Geographic Geography Bee. We had 26 contestants made up of the winners of class competitions for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The first round narrowed the field to the top 10. The this week, with most of the 6th grade watching the event, the top 10 students competed until we had only two contestants left. The final top two then went head to head until one of them missed the question that the other did not.




Congratulations to 8th Grader, Ted Buetow for winning the school Geography Bee this year at Fairhaven. Ted was determined to win and prepared by studying hard and focusing while on stage. He made sure to ask to have the question repeated at every opportunity. This gave him plenty of time to think before he gave his answer. Ted will now enter the state qualifier for the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is being held over Spring Break. We wish him the best of luck.






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 20-23, 2018. 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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