Will Rogers Junior High eighth-grader Bryce Goetz is in the process of preparing for the upcoming Oklahoma Geography Bee following his first place victory Jan. 14 in the school’s geography bee.
Goetz is working with WRJH history/geography teacher Heather Braucher, who will tutor Goetz in preparation for the state-level competition. Braucher helped coordinate the geography Bee at the junior high, and will be in charge of media relations for the upcoming state Bee in April.
Braucher said nearly every WRJH student competes in the school-level competition, but only one is eligible to move on to state.
“These questions can be very challenging. Participants come in with a lot of knowledge,” she said. “Each student studies and completes a preliminary written test to prepare for the competition. Questions include high school and college-level subjects from earth science to political geography.”
Geography Bee moderator John Potter said students are grouped into numerical order and are asked a series of questions. They have 60 seconds to answer each question, and two incorrect answers equal elimination. The last participant standing wins.
As winner, Goetz will be administered a written qualifying test from the National Geographic Society to determine if he qualifies for competition at the Oklahoma Geography Bee. His score is set to be released in early March.
The Oklahoma Geography Bee will be held April 4 at the University of Oklahoma.
State winners are invited to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington in late May, to compete in the national finals for a chance to earn up to $50,000 in scholarships.
For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.