The afternoon of Friday, January 6 was filled with excitement as 29 middle schoolers competed for the title of McDonogh’s Geography Bee Champion. Contestants earned a place in the competition after preliminary rounds in their social studies classes. Standing on the stage in the Horn Theatre they were quizzed on their knowledge of U.S., world, scientific, and current events geography. As the questions became more difficult with each round, students were eliminated. After more than an hour, only four contestants Willie B. ’21, Rachel C. ’21, Sarah T. ’21, and Jackson S. ’24 remained. When the championship round arrived, it was between Sarah and Rachel.
Sarah, the Middle School's reigning champion, was declared the winner having correctly answered the question: Archeologists have begun excavating an ancient lost city in the region called La Mosquitia in which country north of Nicaragua? The answer is: Honduras.
Eighth grade Humanities Teacher and Master of Ceremonies Craig Copeland explains, “Sarah, who won McDonogh’s Geography Bee in 2016, will now take a written test to determine if she qualifies to compete at the state level in the spring. A victory there would send her to the National Geography Bee finals held in Washington, D.C. in May.”
Each year, more than 6,000,000 middle schoolers nationwide participate in the annual Geography Bee, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Pictured: Geography Bee finalists Rachel C. (left) and Sarah T.