Combining geography with pop culture may have helped students remember their facts during the middle school geography bee. Answering questions about countries in which the boy band Big Time Rush performed was easy for these students – they knew that the capital city they performed in was Santiago, Chile. They also knew that when robot jockeys race camels in Saudi Arabia, these races take place on the continent of Asia. 

In the end, eighth-grader Claire Carney answered the most questions correctly to win the competition. She will move on to the next round of competition, which is a written test at the state level. Runner-up Madeline Driscoll received a certificate for her achievement.

All of the participants qualified by winning their classroom geography bees. 

Social Studies Department Leader David Ethé explained the geography bee was proof that these students have worked hard, and their teachers have prepared them well. “The curriculum includes difficult geography lessons that our students are mastering,” he said. 

Congratulations to all of the participants!