Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Jeremiah Dayley, on the HRMS campus, enjoys U.S. geography questions most, but is preparing for global questions.
As of Friday, March 6, 2015
Jeremiah Dayley gained his geography chops the classic way.
“I have some atlases around the house, and I subscribe to National Geographic,” said the Hood River Middle School sixth grader, who is a semifinalist in the 2015 Oregon National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, March 27 in Salem.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Last month, school champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
“It’s quite an achievement for a sixth grader,” and the first time the school has had a semi-finalist, said HRMS principal Brent Emmons. This year, 53 HRMS students participated, up from about 30 in past years.
Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, 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 11-13. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET. The final round will be aired later on public television stations. Check local television listings for air date and time in your area.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:
Balboa Park, with more than ten museums, performing arts centers, and gardens, is located in which southern California city?
Taylor Swift performed songs from her album Red last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders the South China Sea?
Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula?