DELAVAN — On Thursday, January 15, 2015, 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. 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 a number of difficult questions.
The ten finalists at Turtle Creek were:
- 4th grade – Kyra Wolworth, Matthew Flores, Kadyn Honeyager, Zach Cooper, Mauricio Duran and Melani Mayorga;
- 5th grade –Faith Allen, Elizabeth Sanchez, Melynna Arreola and Miguel Ocampo.
At the end of competition, third place went to Matthew Flores, second place to Zach Cooper, and first place to Kyra Wolworth, who will now take a written test to try and qualify for the state competition.
Mr. Patrick Wrubbel, Turtle Creek fifth grade teacher, coordinated and moderated the school’s Geography 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.”