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National Geographic Bee 2017

5th grader Andy M. wins title of Rheem Champion


On Thursday, January 12, Rheem’s 3rd – 5th grade students watched an impressive battle of wits and knowledge at the school’s annual National Geographic Bee. Twelve students took part in the final competition.  These finalists are listed below:


4th graders:






5th graders:









The above listed students qualified as finalists after being the top scorers in a preliminary written test that was given to all interested 4th and 5th graders in December.  All finalists gave an impressive performance and received a certificate and ribbon acknowledging their accomplishment as well as a National Geographic Bee pencil and Roadrunner wristband to commemorate the occasion. 


The contest consisted of several rounds of questions, which challenged the finalists’ knowledge of U.S. cities and states, continents and world geography.  After several rounds of questions, Andy M. qualified for the championship round while the Kadin T. and Callen B. continued to compete for the second slot.  After a few more rounds, Kadin earned the opportunity to compete alongside Andy in the Championship Round. The championship round required these two finalists to answer questions “Jeopardy Style” – by writing their answers on a small white board.  After this final round, Andy was named champion after the most championship questions correctly.


As school champion, Andy received a gold medal, a championship certificate and 1st place ribbon, and the thrill of taking yet another test (!) to see if he will be eligible to compete in the state Bee in April.  Also, Andy received a copy of The National Geographic Bee Ultimate Fact Book and Kadin took home The Geographic Bee Complete Preparation Handbook.  And, as a special treat, the top three finalists Andy, Kadin, and Callen will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to Starbucks with Ms. Frank!


As an extra bonus, a raffle was held for all 4th and 5th graders who tried out for the bee, whether or not they became finalists.  The lucky winner of a “Where in the World?” geography game (a $25 value) was 4th  grader Luc N.


Anyone can brush up on geography by visiting the “Study Corner” at  Check it out to find lots of interesting games and quizzes to test your skill and increase your knowledge!  

Posted by: Elaine Frank Published:1/16/17
Audience: Rheem News