On Monday, January 11th, our class joined the 9-12 class at Samish Montessori and participated in the National Geographic Geobee.Â The Geobee is a competition similar to a spelling bee where contestants answer questions about geography.Â We started the competition with about 25 students grades 4-8. For the first few rounds, the questions were primarily about U.S. geography with one round about the worldâ€™s continents.Â As the rounds progressed the questions got harder and harder.
After 7 rounds, the scores were tallied up and the top ten scoring contestants advanced to the second round.Â In the second round, the format changed dramatically.Â Instead of asking each person their question individually, the group was given a question and each person wrote down then showed their answer to the judge.Â Once a contestant got two answers wrong, they were out.Â The questions in this section of the competition were mostly about world geography.
Once all but two of the contestants had been eliminated, we moved on to the final round.Â The final pair of contestants were a couple of 8th graders, me and Miles Johannessen.Â The format was identical to the previous round, we were given a question, we wrote down the answer, and showed it to the judge.Â After a few intense rounds, and a close finish, I came out ahead.Â Me and Miles shook hands, I received my medal, and our class returned to our school.
The Geobee was a great way for our school to study geography and I think that we all learned a lot.Â The competition was both a fun and competitive experience and a great way for our schools to get together.