Fifth grader wins Turtle Creek Geography Bee

The top three finishers in the Turtle Creek Geography Bee were, from left: Amir Castillo-Cano, second place; Daniel Mick, first place; Dakota Hanson, third place. Click pic to see more images in our gallery.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Turtle Creek Elementary School held the final round of its annual National Geographic Bee. The Geography Bee at Turtle Creek begins in each fourth and fifth grade classroom in December with each student answering as many questions as they can through seven rigorous rounds. The top 10 students who answer the most questions correctly are included in the Championship round.

Once students at Turtle Creek were notified about the upcoming classroom competitions, many students, on their own accord, obtained extra study materials such as atlases, almanacs, and even requested time to visit the National Geographic website to answer daily questions. Every year this final competition seems to get a little more competitive and exciting, fifth grade teacher Patrick Wrubbel said. It has really developed into quite a contest when you have the entire fourth and fifth grade students and the finalists’ parents intensely watching these ten students battle it out over some pretty difficult questions.

The ten finalists at Turtle Creek were:

Fourth graders: Amir Castillo-Cano Taylor Haeft, John Feiner, Isaac Manriquez, Dakota Hanson

Fifth graders: Daniel Mick, Daniel Arellano, Kody Parks, Eric Li, and Angel Ramirez

At the end of competition, third place went to Dakota Hanson, second place to Amir Castillo-Cano, and first place to Daniel Mick. Daniel Mick also placed first place in last year’s competition. He will now take a written test and then will be notified if he qualifies for the state competition.

Wrubbel coordinated and moderated the school’s Geographic Bee.

According to its website, The National Geographic Bee “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.”

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