Seventh-grader John Morris defeated eighth-grader Olivia Pate to claim victory in the 2013 Edgartown School geography bee on Thursday. Of the 10 competition students, all winners of their respective classroom competitions, the final two were asked to name which country, in addition to Argentina, is home to the Yaghan tribe of Tierra Del Fuego.
John cemented his victory with the correct answer: Chile.
Other questions in the Edgartown geography bee tested the 10 finalists’ knowledge of the Natchez Trace, Continental Divide, the Green Mountains and Chesapeake Bay.
Principal John Stevens and coordinator Gary Smith awarded John with a medal, a plaque and an atlas.
The other competitors received prizes as well, said Mr. Smith. “They get an atlas, too, just not so big,” he said.
On Wednesday sixth-grader David Krauthamer claimed victory in Tisbury School geography bee by correctly answering Sacramento to the question “What US capital city was the western terminus for both the Pony Express and the first trans-continental railroad?” David won the championship round over seventh-grade finalist Dillon McAndrews.
John and David will now take a written exam to determine whether they will advance to the statewide competition in April. This is the 25th year the National Geographic Society has hosted bees at thousands of schools across the United States.