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Howe School cadets compete in geo bee


The Howe School Junior High held its annual school-level National Geographic Bee on December 11 and 12.

Cadets Brandon Barton, Hannah Fritz, Mac Fritz, Mykenzie Gallison, Daniel Moreno, Lahwig Nailor, Lucas Neuerburg, Evan Phillips, and Zach Yanakeff all made it into the Final Competition Round.

Moreno was the third place winner. Phillips and Yanakeff then continued on to the Championship Round. Yanakeff beat out Phillips by answering this question: “Zion National Park and the Great Salt Lake are two major tourist attractions in which state?” The correct answer is Utah.

Cadet Zachary Yanakeff is an eighth grader and the son of Kimberley and Paul Zocharski of Warren, Michigan; Cadet Evan Phillips is an eighth grader and the son of Beth Phillips of Jackson, Michigan; and Cadet Daniel Moreno is an eighth grader and the son of Daniel Moreno Vega of Cancun, Mexico.

The competition tested students on the subject of geography in its broadest sense. Questions varied and required knowledge of place names, a skill bases to geography, and the location of cultural and physical features. The distribution and patterns of languages, religions, economic activities, populations, and political systems were also covered.

The school-level bee was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. For a chance to compete at the state level, Cadet Yanakeff will take a qualifying written examination and must be chosen as one of the top 100 students in the state based on the test scores.

Winners from the state competition in the spring of 2013 will advance to the national finals held in late May to compete for scholarships in the amount of $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000.