GOOD FOR YOU: Kellen Kappel comes up big in WCA’s geography bee
February 27, 2013
To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?
The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?
If you answered Iran and Europe respectively, you would be in great company. Recently, the fifth-eighth-grade students at Windsor Charter Academy competed in the National Geographic Bee. All students answered several rounds of questions, until one was left for each grade. Sixth-grader Kellen Kappel won the contest, and answered some tough questions. Kellen was up against last year's winner, eighth-grader Tia McCauley.
The questions went from two choices, to multiple choice, to no choice. In the end, eight kids were left to complete for the title of WCA Geography Champion.
"It wasn't easy," said Kellen, who recently took the written test to qualify for the state competition.
Kellen will find out in March if he will represent WCA at the state level. The top 100 students (selected based on qualifying test scores) qualify to represent their schools and compete at the state level. State qualifiers compete in an oral competition at the state level, which is usually held in late March or early April. State winners are invited to National Geographic headquarters in late May to compete in the national finals for scholarships in the amounts of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.
The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with any grades four through eight designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.