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North Tahoe School holds National Geographic Bee

North Tahoe School National Geographic Bee contestants take the stage. Top from left: Dominic Hatch, Katie Plexico, Sarah Pye, Murphy Scott, Ceasar Rivas, Nate Cutler and Elijah Sword. Bottom from left: Ashlyn McPherson, Kathleen Hanley, John Marsh, and Olivia Van Husen.
Courtesy Michael Martinez / eighth-grade student |

TAHOE, Calif. — On Monday, Jan. 13, 11 contestants ranging from grades sixth to eighth competed in the final round of the National Geographic Bee at North Tahoe School.

The previous week, these 11 contestants became finalists after competing in seven rounds of difficult United States and world geography among their peers in various social studies classes. The final contestants included: eighth-grade students Dominic Hatch, Katie Plexico and Sarah Pye; seventh-grade students Nate Cutler, Ceasar Rivas, Murphy Scott and Olivia Van Husen; and sixth- grade students Kathleen Hanley, John Marsh, Ashlyn McPherson and Elijah Sword.

The final competition of the National Geographic Bee consists of seven grueling rounds of geography, where students are given 15 seconds to respond to the question provided. All contestants participated in the first two rounds. By the third round, five contestants remained on stage, Scott, Van Husen, Marsh, McPherson and Sword.



In the fourth round the list reduced to three, Van Husen, Marsh and Sword. These three advanced together to the seventh round, where Van Husen and Marsh answered the final question to advance to the championship round. Congratulations to Elijah Sword for his victory as the third place contestant.

The final round consists of three questions, all of which have to be answered by both contestants. In spite of a wonderful effort from Van Husen, who earned second place, it was sixth-grader John Marsh who answered all three final round questions correctly to clinch the first place title as this year’s North Tahoe School National Geographic Bee Winner.



Marsh has taken a written test to determine his eligibility to compete in the state Bee on April 4, 2014.

If Marsh continues to the next round, the National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 19-21, 2014. The first place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.


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