On Monday afternoon, December 2, the 6th-8th grade students and staff gathered for the School Geography Bee in the Huizenga Auditorium. Grade and middle school students were eager to share their knowledge of our amazing world through the GeoBee competition.
The two grade school winners, Hyan Sachs (winner) and Brandon Rogers (runner-up), joined 14 other middle school students on stage for this preliminary competition. Students who participated were: Philip Obazuaye, Hyan Sachs, Nate Schuurman, Leah Hoffman, Trey Slinkman, Natalia Dzuira, Austin Zeilstra, John Neboyskey, Brandon Rogers, Jake Ellens, Nicholas Pellegrino, Jon Tameling, Joshua Bemister, and Cassidy Cochlan.
As the rounds proceeded, students did their best to share their knowledge about interesting topics such as State Savvy, Weird But True, Last Wild Places and Cities of the World. Each round tested their knowledge in different ways – some focusing on our own nation and others asking questions about countries around the world. The competition was tough, with many students making it deep into the later rounds. In the end, 7th grader Hyan Sachs and 8th graders Brandon Rogers were left to battle for the winner and runner-up spots. Hyan Sachs answered correctly in the final round and was named the winner of our GeoBee. Brandon Rogers is the runner-up. Our winner will now take an online test through the National Geographic GeoBee to see if he qualifies for the State Bee! We are so proud of all our students, both participants and winners! What a wonderful way to celebrate our creative God!