Turtle Creek students take on Geographic Bee challenge

Front row, left to right: Laura Hernandez, Amir Castillo-Cano, Emilo Huerta, Breanna Yartey, Kim Colson; Back row: Esther Cano, Jackie Urias, Estevan Collin, Michael Cobb, Haydn Emmerich.

The top 10 finalists in the Turtle Creek Elementary School National Geographic Bee. Front row, left to right: Laura Hernandez, Amir Castillo-Cano, Emilo Huerta, Breanna Yartey, Kim Colson; Back row: Esther Cano, Jackie Urias, Estevan Collin, Michael Cobb, Haydn Emmerich.

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Turtle Creek Elementary School held the final round of its annual National Geographic Bee. The Geography Bee at Turtle Creek begins in each 4th and 5th grade classroom in December with each student answering as many questions as they can through seven rigorous rounds. The top ten 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.

Turtle Creek Geographic Bee champion Breanna Yartey. (Click to enlarge)

Turtle Creek Geographic Bee champion Breanna Yartey. (Click to enlarge)

Every year this final competition seems to get a little more competitive and exciting. It has really developed into quite a contest when you have the entire 4th and 5th grade along with parents, intensely watching these ten students battle it out over some pretty difficult questions.

The ten finalists at Turtle Creek were: fourth graders Esther Cano, Emilio Huerta, Estevan Colin, and Jackie Urias and fifth graders Amir Castillo-Cano, Michael Cobb, Kim Colson, Breanna Yartey, Laura Hernandez and Hadyn Emmerich.

At the end of competition, third place went to Amir Castillo-Can, second place to Emilo Huerta, and first place to Breanna Yartey. She will now take a written test and then will be notified if she qualifies for the state competition.

Fifth-grade teacher Patrick Wrubbel was the coordinator and moderator of the 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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