Next up for eighth-grader is a state bee qualifying test

    The questions in the championship round of Tuesday afternoon’s Geography Bee at Crookston High School were naturally more difficult than those posed earlier in the bee, but eighth-grader Justin Lindgren was able to answer one of the final three questions correctly, which proved to be enough for him to emerge as the winner over Hannah Loraas, who finished as runner-up. Taking third was Ainsley Boucher.

  Next up for Lindgren, the of Bruce and Lynette Lindgren, is a “State Qualifying Test.” If he scores well enough – the top 100 scorers in Minnesota are chosen – he’ll advance to the state geography bee on April 6 at Minnesota State University Mankato.

    CHS has had a nice run of state qualifiers in recent years, with the last three CHS bee winners, Ella Weber in 2017, Ben Brantner in 2016, and Caden Bruley in 2016 advancing to the state geography bee.

    The National Geographic Society coordinates the bee every year, and this is the 30th year of the bee. The CHS Geography Bee was initially scheduled for last week but was postponed twice due to school being cancelled because of inclement weather.

    The Geographic Bee is for students in the fourth through eighth grades and takes place in thousands of schools across the United States and five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools across the globe.

    In addition to Lindgren, Loraas and Boucher, other participants in Tuesday’s bee included Roshna Khaling, Isabelle Herberg, Clara Meyer, Gunnar Gunderson, Luke Noah, Haden Michaelson, and Jacob Hesby. The students advanced to the CHS auditorium stage by scoring well on a preliminary test. A final round of questions read by CHS teacher Tim Moe whittled the field to Lindgren and Loraas, who competed in the championship round.

    If Lindgren advances from the state bee on April 6, he’ll be eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the national championship on May 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

Sample questions

    The National Geographic Society frowns upon the media printing actual questions posed at the bee or recording bees and publishing the videos; the concern is that the same or similar questions could come up at future bees.

    So here are some sample questions to give you a feel for what the students need to know:

    • The Appalachian Mountains run through which state – Georgia or Mississippi? (Answer: Georgia)

    • The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state – New Mexico or Nebraska? (Answer: Nebraska)

    • Which state straddles the Tropic of Cancer – Hawaii or Alaska? (Answer: Hawaii)

    • What is the term for the physical location where a plant or animal lives – habitat or pattern? (Answer: Habitat)

    • Which country does not contain large areas of desert – Chad, Venezuela, or Iraq? (Answer: Venezuela)

    • The easternmost part on the Horn of Africa is located in which country? (Answer: Somalia)