On Monday, January 13th, a group of ten nervous 6th, 7th, and 8th grade finalists competed in Ensworth’s school-wide National Geographic preliminary round. The ten geography experts in the Ensworth finals were 6th graders Jack Larish, Lilli Moon and Rylie O’Neil, 7th graders Ben Aguirre, Halle Jewell Frankum and Caroline Frist, and 8th graders Josephine Bass, Ben Frigon, Caroline Seitz, and John Swords.
The four-part competition consisted of a wide variety of in-depth questions, which progressed in difficulty as the competition continued. Part one consisted of a verbal question and answer session. In part two, the contestants were given 15 seconds to write down their answers. The next round, part three, they were given a map and asked to answer a question referring to the picture provided. In the final round, they were asked very specific and challenging questions, which they had to write out and correctly spell their answer to receive credit for the question.
Ben Frigon, 8th grade, won the National Geographic Geography Bee without missing a single question. Rylie O’Neil, sixth grade, was the first runner-up. Each contestant put forth a great effort and the competition clearly demonstrated just how much the students have learned regarding geography around the world. Congratulations to all our finalists!
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