Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
Benjamin Rush Middle School student Chloe Bretzlaff competed in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, April 4. The competition took place on the IUPUI campus. Chloe qualified for the state competition by winning the school level bee in December. After the school level bee, Chloe took a written exam which was then mailed into the state for grading. Chloe’s score on written exam placed her in the elite category of being in the top 100 (fourth through eighth grade students) in terms of geographic knowledge in the state. Her score places her in the top 1% of students in the United States in geographic literacy. During the competition, Chloe was able to finish tied for 13th in her group.
Now – if you’d like to test your own Geography skills go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools