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Eudora fifth grader named state geography bee semifinalist

Max Mitchell Monday, March 6, 2017


Max Mitchell, fifth grader from Eudora Elementary School is invited to compete in the 2017 Kansas National Geographic State Bee as a state semifinalist. Mitchell is the first Eudora student in many years to reach the state bee, which will be held at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene on March 31. He is the son of Jody and Jeff Mitchell.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 29th year. School geography bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, submitted to the National Geographic Society. Based on the test, the National Geographic Society 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 bees as semifinalists.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship, May 14-17. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

How would you fare in the goegraphy bee?

At the school bees this year, students had to answer such questions as these...

  • The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska? Nebraska
  • Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House? The White House
  • Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean? Pacific Ocean
  • The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH- uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert? Africa
  • What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer? An aquifer