Oren Beckwith was one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Vermont State Geographic Bee. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 26th year. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Bee winner School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S territories to compete at the state level.
The 2014 Vermont State Geographic Bee was held at Middlebury College on Friday, April 4, 2014.
More information about the National Geographic Bee can be found at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/
Oren stood strong during his round of competition and we're all proud of his achievement. He represented himself, RES and the entire Richmond community with pride and poise. We hope to have many RES scholars participate in this event in the future. Here are a few things Oren shared about his experience:
1. Favorite part? It was exciting being able to go to states and Middlebury College.
2. What do you suggest for 3rd graders.... Go to the National Geographic website and do the quizzes that are there. That really helps. You have to do a lot, though. And there are other geography games, too.
3. Are you participating again? YES because it was very fun! The school level will be harder against the middle schoolers but I have a year.
4. Anything else? Don't be nervous because the people who run the GeoBee are really nice. So are the other kids in it.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by new host Soledad O'Brien, on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET (to be followed on public television stations). Check local television listings for date and time in your area.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school-level Bee this year, students had to answer such questions as:
From its source in Minnesota, the Mississippi River flows south about 2,300 miles before emptying into what large gulf?
A subspecies of brown bear known as the Kodiak bear takes its common name from an island that lies off the southern coast of what state?
The Danakil Depression, located in part of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the lowest points on which continent?
What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river-moraine or delta?