In November, 62 fifth and sixth graders competed in the preliminary round of the 2011-2012 National Geographic Bee at Westview Elementary School. The written test consisted of 50 questions on geography around the world. The top 10 scorers then advanced to the final competition round.
The final competition qualifiers were Gretchen Rice, Markus Miller, Lexis Giggy, Matthew Mullett, Bailey Hostetler, Richmond Stoltzfus, Megan Schrock, Kent Yoder, Morgan Kelly and Michael Hostetler.
Principal Jule Leeper and Bee Coordinator Ronda Hostetler conducted the geography bee in the school’s media center. The final competition consisted of a final round and championship round. Final round questions were asked for five rounds until the number of contestants was reduced to two. The two finalists, Richmond Stoltzfus and Kent Yoder, then competed in the championship round. They answered three questions in the championship round, which came out with a tie, then proceeded to the tie-breaker round of questions to determine the winner.
Kent Yoder, son of Ron and Brenda Yoder of Shipshewana prevailed and was declared champion. He is a fifth grader in Mrs. Suzie Sheet’s classroom and will advance to the next level of the national competition by taking a written qualifier test. The state’s top 100 scorers will advance to the state level competition in March.
Richmond Stoltzfus, son of John and Heidi Stoltzfus of Shipshewana, was declared the school’s runner-up. He is a sixth grader in Mrs. Betsy Alwine’s class.