UC Middle School eighth-grader advances in geography contest

UC Middle School eighth-grader advances in geography contest

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:19 am

The Messenger 03.17.11

Robinson “Robbie” Little, an eighth-grader at Union City Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is a semi-finalist eligible to compete in the 2011 Tennessee Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
He is the son of Todd and Sheila Little of Union City and Terry Little and Avery Lawson of Union City.
Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner.
At the school-level bee this year, students had to answer such questions as:
• An outline of the Great Lakes appears on the quarter of which state that borders four of the five lakes — Michigan or North Dakota? (Michigan)
• The city of Bangalore, located west of the Eastern Ghats, is a fast-growing technology hub in what country? (India)
• The International Red Cross has its headquarters in a city that shares its name with a large lake on the border between Switzerland and France. Name this city. (Geneva)
School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Bee. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
The 2011 Tennessee Geo-graphic Bee will be held April 1 at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams Auditorium in Nashville.
The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Tennessee in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 24-25.
The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society. In addition, the national winner will travel, along with one parent or guardian, all expenses paid to the Galapagos Islands to experience geography firsthand with the wildlife and landscape of Galapagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

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