The Howe School Junior High held its annual school-level National Geographic Bee on December 15. Cadet Christian Gerren, an eighth grade day student at Howe and the son of Jill Gerren-Zugay of Howe, won the competition in the championship round. Cadet Ilia Glazman, an eighth grader and the son of Nataliya and Alex Glazman of Mishawaka, took second place; Cadet Kenny Frey, a seventh grader and the grandson of Craig and MariJo Hutton of Fishers, took third place; and Cadet Zach Yanakeff, a seventh grader and the son of Kimberley Zocharski of Sterling Heights, MI, took fourth place.
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. Cadet Gerren won the championship round by answering this question: “What large island country is located off the coast of Mozambique?” The correct answer is Madagascar.
The school-level bee was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. For a chance to compete at the state level, the school winner 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. State winners advance to the national finals held in late May to compete for scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.