BCS Geography Bee Finalists Honored
Nine BCS school-level finalists in the National Geographic Geography Bee contest were honored with certificates at the awards assembly on April 2.
Seventh grader Gabie Nguyen won first place in the school meet, and fellow seventh grader Camille Sunshine placed second. Gabie competed at the state level but did not advance.
Nguyen won the school bee by responding to “Name the Asian country at the eastern edge of the South China Sea that includes about 7,100 islands” correctly with the answer “The Philippines” in the championship round. Sunshine missed that question after she and Nguyen each got one of the first two questions correct. The championship round includes three questions and then a tiebreaker, if necessary
Other finalists include eighth graders Andrew Armstrong, Bella Spills, John Hollingsworth, Lucia Arguello, and Mason McCormick and sixth graders Hunter Burcham and Mason McCully.
For the first time since BCS began participating in 1989, the elementary and middle school students (4th - 8th) were combined for the school finals. Previously BCS had conducted separate finals for elementary school, 4th - 6th grade, and junior high, 7th-8th grade.
Classroom rounds were conducted with all 4th - 8th grade students, and tie-breakers were held among high scorers to determine the finalists.