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NCEMS School Geography Bee

By: Addison Osterhaus, Keirston Saenz, Isabell Smith

December 20, 2018

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    This year at Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School, the annual Geography Bee was held with 10 contestants battling it out to go to the Geo Bee finals. The school-wide contest took place on Tuesday, December 18. The contestants were: Jayden Seitz and Carter Hajek, 5th grade; Kaitlyn Hammes and Kaden Peterson, 6th grade; Adon Osborne and Abe Hilbert, 7th grade; Cooper Hajek and Jaden Thomas, 8th grade; and the wildcard positions were Blake Stallbaumer and Garrett Huerter, 8th grade. A couple of weeks before the school-wide geography bee, there was a preliminary round. Each grade level had a geography bee by class to decide the candidates for the final contest.

    "It was a lot of fun and it was great to learn more," said Cooper Hajek.

    The school-wide geography bee had several rounds of questions. Each round consisted of the same type of questions. Some were about the United States, reading a map, continents, oceans, and countries around the world. The contestants were asked questions and after each round, those that had missed a cumulative of 2 questions along the way were finished competing.  After several rounds, the contest was down to 3 contestants.  Those still in the contest were Peterson, Hilbert, and Thomas.

    When the contest was down to 3 candidates, Hilbert did not have to answer the next question because he did not miss as many as the other 2 candidates. After a few questions were asked to the other 2 candidates, Peterson advanced to the final round with Hilbert.

    The final round had 3 questions in it for each student. Hilbert and Peterson were asked the same 3 questions and had to write their answers out on paper.  Hilbert answered 2 questions correctly, while Peterson only had 1 correct answer. Hilbert was declared the NCEMS geography bee winner and will take an online qualifying test. If Hilbert places in the top 100 scores in the state of Kansas he will be invited to compete in the State Geography Bee on March 29, 2019. Best of luck to Hilbert!

    "It was a tough competition and any one of us could win," said Abe Hilbert.

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