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Homewood Students Named National Geographic GeoBee State Competition Semifinalists by National Geographic Society

 

Four Homewood City Schools’ students have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Alabama State Competition. The contest will be held at Samford University (Beeson Hall) on Friday, March 29, 2019.

 

Congratulations to: Madeline Hanson (Edgewood Elem), Miyelani Mathebula (Hall-Kent Elem), Tyler McCrory (Shades Cahaba Elem), and Anna Barger (Homewood Middle).

 

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

 

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

 

How would you fare as a National Geographic GeoBee contestant? At the school GeoBees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

 

At more than 100 miles in length, Long Island is the longest barrier island in which state—Kentucky or New York?

New York

 

Which state is closer to the Gulf of Mexico—Virginia or Arkansas?

Arkansas

 

It takes about 90 days for a drop of water to travel the length of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota and flows 2,340 miles south to its outlet in which state—Louisiana or South Carolina?

Louisiana

 

The Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia, flows through the city of Barranquilla near the Caribbean Sea on which continent?

South America

 

Which animal famous for its tusk spends most of the winter months under the sea ice in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland—emperor penguin or narwhal?

narwhal

 

Which country does not include part of the Kalahari Desert—Namibia, Botswana, or Eritrea?

Eritrea

 

Commercial flower bulb production is an important economic activity in what country just north of Belgium?

Netherlands

 

Located near the Green Mountains, Montpelier is the capital of which state?

Vermont

 

Constructed during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s Cathedral is located in Moscow in which country?

Russia

 

The Alboran Sea and the Ionian Sea are both part of which larger sea?

Mediterranean Sea