On January 17, Cedar Springs Middle School competed in its 7th consecutive Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic.
Each of the 16 Social Studies classes sent their two best geography students to represent their class in the school bee this year. The contestants were tested on their knowledge of the geographic features of the United States.
The students were given a series of questions and were knocked out of the competition when they answered their third question incorrectly—a simple three strikes and you’re out method. It took over 40 questions to get the group of 32 down to the top five. Finishing in 5th place was Patrick Fliearman.
For the first time ever, the same question eliminated 3 boys, who all ended up with a tie for second place. Brandon Kramer, Jacob Outwin and Brandyn Kirchhoff all earned their third strike on the same question.
Eighth-grader Hunter Hall executed a perfect final round to earn the victory. The final question that eliminated the boys was:
“Horse racing is an important activity around Lexington in what state?” (Check your answer at end of story.)
Hunter is an 8th grader in Mr. Glyshaw’s class and is an all-around excellent student and one day hopes to attend Ferris State University. He is the son of Kevin and Amy Hall of Cedar Springs. He will find out in the coming weeks if he is selected to move on to the second round of competition at Western Michigan University.
The answer to the Geography Bee question is: Kentucky.