Madison Scheuneman is the winner of this year’s Geographic Bee at Cedar Springs Middle School.
Each of the 16 Social Studies classes at the school 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 question and were knocked out of the competition when they answered their third question incorrectly– a simple 3-strikes and you’re out method. It took over 40 questions to get the group of 32 down to the top four. 8th grader Brian Jones did well finishing fourth. 7th grader Brayden Harper (who was also the runner up in the spelling bee) and last year’s winner Evan Kobayashi were knocked out on the same question, finishing in 2nd place.
Madison Scheuneman was down to her last strike but managed to prevail. The final question that eliminated the boys was:
“Pamlico Sound is located west of Hatteras Island in which state?” The answer is North Carolina.
Madison is an 8th grader in Mr. Glyshaw’s class and is described by her peers as very competitive. She is the daughter of proud parents Allison and Dennis Scheuneman and the granddaughter of Sara and Bill VanHorn. She will find out in the coming weeks if she is selected to move on to the second round of competition at Western Michigan University.