Each of the 16 Social Studies classes at Cedar Springs Middle School sent their two best geography students on Friday, January 10, to represent their class in the school’s annual Geography bee. The contestants were tested on their knowledge of the geographic features of the United States.
The students were given a series of question 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 30 questions to get the group of 32 down to the top three. Seventh-grader Graham Bayink of the Red House and Mr. Bowers’ class did well finishing in 3rd place. The pride of the Yellow House and Mr. Swanson’s 8th grade classroom was Jacob Outwin, who finished in 2nd place.
James Powell was down to his last strike but managed to prevail.The final question that eliminated the boys and crowned James the champion was:
“Patos Lagoon, which lies just south of Porto Alegre, is the largest lagoon in what South American country?” Answer: Brazil.
Green House 7th grader James Powell was the only competitor to get this answer correct. He was all smiles as he received his medal, saying, “I just feel good about beating all the 8th graders!” James is one of Mr. Martens’s best students and claims that geography just comes easily to him. James says he plans to follow in his father’s footsteps at attend the University of Michigan, hoping to major in Sports Medicine.
James now has to complete a geography assessment that will be sent to Lansing to be evaluated. If he scores high enough, he will move on to the state level competition in the spring.