2019 GeoBee Winners Announced
Recently, students from Homer’s Intermediate and Junior High Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee. Eighth-grader Nik Kruman won first place in the competition, with fellow eighth-grader Matthew Fagerheim taking second place. Aaron Lener (eighth grade) and Hannah Bouwens (sixth grade) tied for third place.
The school-level competition comprises the first round in the GeoBee, an annual geography competition designed to inspire and reward student curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science as well. Originally developed in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of geographic knowledge held among young people in the United States, the GeoBee has since inspired over 120 million students to learn more about the world through their participation in the competition.
Next up, school champions throughout the state (including Nik), will take an online qualifying test in an attempt to advance in the competition. Pending the results of this test, up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state will then become eligible to compete in their statewide GeoBee (Homer’s Rachel Bouwens and Matthew Fagerheim have both qualified for the New York State event in recent years). Winners of the state GeoBee competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington D.C. in May, where they’ll participate in the GeoBee’s national championship. Students who qualify for this event will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.