Chris Swedzinski wins geography bee

For the 24th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

Chris Swedzinski, an 8th grade student at Princeton Middle School won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 18th. The school level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography was the second round in the National Geographic Bee.  The school winners, including Chris now take a written test.  100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee.  Placing 2nd in the school Bee was Shane Wetrosky.  Our third place winner is Mark Vandeneuvel.  Other participants in the school wide Bee were Luke Sandberg, Luke Warren, Sam Swedzinski, Sarah Hill, Carl Lind, Sam Barthel, and Liz Brooks.

Here are a few questions students had to answer during the course of the competition:

Napoleon’s power in Europe was ended by his defeat in 1815 at Waterloo in which present-day country on the North Sea?

Name the Asian country at the eastern edge of the South China Sea that includes about 7,100 islands.

Timbuktu, a center of caravan trade for almost a thousand years, is located north of the Niger River in which landlocked country?

1. Belgium    2.  Philippines    3. Mali