On January 31st, 2020 Mr. Wade, a 4th grade teacher held the Hampton Geography Bee. There were 16 contestants. The contestant's names were Zane, Henry I, Sean, Patrick, Penny, Cara, Carly, Sadie, Sara, Chris, Saanvi, Ryan, Marcel, Jacob, and Kaylee.
The first Geography Bee here at Hampton was in 2018 and since they liked it so much, they did it again this year. In 2018 the tie breaker went on for about 20 questions. This year one of the options for the tiebreakers contained numbers. This would help determine a clear winner of the Geography Bee. "We learned from the mistakes from last time. This year I was more prepared.” said Mr. Wade.
Each contestant took turns standing up and answering their question within fifteen seconds about the geography of the United States of America. The contestants were handed a picture with three choices, circled their answer, and held it up when the time was up. Mrs. Kaiser, the school principal, had the role of scorekeeper and kept the score during the Geography Bee. A contestant was to be eliminated when they had made two incorrect answers during the first round of the geo bee. In the final round, the two remaining contestants were given a question and wrote down their answer on a doing tested white board. The winner of the Geo Bee was Kaylee, a fifth grader.
If you are interested in geography and culture, Mr. Wade has advice for you to keep learning about that field. “Read a lot-- not just fiction, but nonfiction. Nonfiction about other countries and cultures.” Also, you can get a lot of information from maps. We are still waiting to see Kaylee’s results, but in the meantime keep hoping for Kaylee to get in the State bee.