Students compete in geography bee

Two Hanock County middle-schoolers recently did well enough in their school competitions to advance to the state level of the National Geographic Bee.

Garrett Rhodes, a sixth-grader at Oak Glen Middle School, and Nevaeh Colliers, a seventh-grader at Weir Middle School, competed in the state bee at Concord University in Athens, W.Va., on Friday.

“Watching the students answer questions about national and world geography was amazing,” said Melanie Donofe, gifted education teacher. “Some of the students said they remembered some geography from video games. Most of the questions were very difficult.”

The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. Rhodes and Colliers then took a written test and placed among the top 100 scorers in the state, qualifying them for the state bee.

Neither student advanced to the next level of the competition, Donofe said. The state bee was sponsored by Microsoft and Plum Creek Timber.

One winner from each U.S. state and Canadian territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held May 19-21 in Washington, D.C. The final round is moderated by Alex Trebek.

The top five students from Oak Glen were Rhodes, first; Sarah Moore, second; Creed Blake, third; Ty Biela, fourth; and Chesney Warden, fifth.

The top five students from Weir Middle were Colliers, first; Mia Valero, second; Jessica Orris, third; Hunter Dodson, fourth; and Madison Bine, fifth.