In December, fifth and sixth graders competed in the preliminary round of the 2012/2013 National Geographic Bee at Westview Elementary School. The written test consisted of 50 questions on geography around the world. The top 10 scorers advanced to the Final Competition Round.
The Final Competition Qualifiers were Kent Yoder, Elijah Hales, Michael Miller, Markus Miller, Logan Galbreath, Jack McCoy, Baiely Hostetler, Carter Giggy, Grace Miller and Derek Miller.
Principal Juli Leeper and Bee Coordinator Ronda Hostetler conducted the geography bee in the school’s media center on Jan. 9. This final competition consisted of a final round and championship round. Final round questions were asked for six rounds until the number of contestants was reduced to two. The two finalists then competed in the championship round. Winners are determined on the most correct answers in a three-question round.
Markus Miller, son of Neil and Jasmin Miller of Wolcottville, prevailed and was declared champion. He is a sixth grader in Bridgett LeWallen’s class and will advance to the next level of the national competition by taking a written qualifier test. The state’s top 100 scores will advance to the state level competition in March.
Elijah Hales, son of Ross and Candance Hales of Cromwell, was runner-up. He is a sixth grader in Travis Davis’s class.