Ortiz & Duhon advance to state GeoBee

posted Mar 11, 2019, 1:00 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 1:43 PM ]
Central's John Alexander Ortiz and Madison's Jacob Duhon are not only their schools' champions in the annual Geography Bee, but they each made it into the top 100 for Oklahoma and will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Oklahoma State Competition in Norman on March 29, 2019.
That is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state, including Central and Madison Middle Schools in Bartlesville, to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online 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, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships.
John Alexander Ortiz and Jacob Duhon
Central Middle School's and Madison Middle School's champions in the Geography Bee will both advance to the State GeoBee competition in late March

How would you fare as a National Geographic GeoBee contestant? At the school GeoBees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

  1. At more than 100 miles in length, Long Island is the longest barrier island in which state—Kentucky or New York?
  2. Which state is closer to the Gulf of Mexico—Virginia or Arkansas?
  3. It takes about 90 days for a drop of water to travel the length of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota and flows 2,340 miles south to its outlet in which state—Louisiana or South Carolina?
  4. The Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia, flows through the city of Barranquilla near the Caribbean Sea on which continent?
  5. Which animal famous for its tusk spends most of the winter months under the sea ice in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland—emperor penguin or narwhal?
  6. Which country does not include part of the Kalahari Desert—Namibia, Botswana, or Eritrea?
  7. Commercial flower bulb production is an important economic activity in what country just north of Belgium?
  8. Located near the Green Mountains, Montpelier is the capital of which state?
  9. Constructed during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s Cathedral is located in Moscow in which country?
  10. The Alboran Sea and the Ionian Sea are both part of which larger sea?
Answers: 1) New York, 2) Arkansas, 3) Louisiana, 4) South America, 5) narwhal, 6) Eritrea, 7) Netherlands, 8) Vermont, 9) Russia, 10) Mediterranean Sea