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March 6, 2017

Taylor students win local geography tournament

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Taylor Middle School students (back) Noah Bonnaire, Lane Ways, (front) Elizabeth Ott and Haley Strong won the local Geography Bee in February.
Students from Taylor Middle School won the second annual Fauquier County Middle School Geography Tournament, Feb. 15.

The Taylor team, composed of Noah Bonnaire, Elizabeth Ott, Haley Strong and Lane Ways, outscored the second-place team by over 200 points and received a trophy to display at their school.

The tournament took place at Fauquier High School.

Four teams demonstrated their knowledge of world geography during the tournament last week at Fauquier High School.

Marshall Middle School teacher Mariann Lynch coordinated the competition for the second year in a row.

“The tournament went smoothly,” Ms. Lynch said. “Taylor dominated the first round, and the other teams fought back in the second and third. It was great to see students from all three middle school grades (sixth through eighth) showing what they know about our world’s places and people.”

Amy Acors, Fauquier public school instructional supervisor for history and social studies said, “It was just a great night to see students showcase their knowledge.”

Marshall Middle won second place overall with team members Lola Banta, Evan Hunter, Andrew Locke and Marley Rowell.

Members of the Fauquier High School Academic Team volunteered during the tournament. Jeremy Alexander served as announcer.

Using the web-based quiz game Kahoot, the competition consisted of three rounds.

In the first round, each team member answered 15 multiple-choice questions about United States geography.

The program awarded points to each individual based on speed and accuracy.

At the end of the round, the individual scores were tallied to determine each team’s overall standing.

Taylor took a commanding lead after round one, making it challenging, but not impossible, for other teams to catch up.

Warrenton Middle, the winner of last year’s tournament, stood in second place at the end of the first round.

In the second round, each team answered four questions about continents, countries, states and cities. A designated spokesperson gave the team’s answer.

During the third round, each team member answered 15 multiple-choice questions about world geography.

In this round, Taylor scored the most points; Marshall took second; and Warrenton Middle and Cedar Lee tied for third.

Cedar Lee’s team consisted of: Loic Alou, Kali Black, Hunter Humphries and Damon Marcum, with alternate Bradley Pollack.

Warrenton Middle’s team included: Raeid Ebrahim, Jonas Dewulf, Mikey Goltry, Josie Hutt, Nathaniel Ribeiro and Anna Wright.

Ms. Lynch said the geography bee “encourages students to be aware of the depth and breadth of information that exists about planet Earth. Possessing such knowledge enables people to be better able to make good decisions.”

The following are sample questions from the tournament:

• In Hawaii which crop is burned before it is harvested?

Multiple Choice Answers: Pineapples, sugar cane, bananas or macadamia nuts.

Answer: Sugar cane.

• Khyber Pass, a centuries-old caravan route, connects Pakistan with what other country?

Answer: Afghanistan.

• First proposed by an Ottoman ruler in the 1800s, a new rail tunnel, under the Bosporus Strait connects the European and Asian parts of which city?

Answer: Istanbul.
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Jim Griffin · March 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm
Way to go! Congrats to everyone who participated -- you are all winners -- and most especially those who took awards. Keep up the good work.
CalHickey · March 8, 2017 at 11:05 am
The members of Taylor Middle School's Geography Tournament team deserve a hearty congratulations!
Cal Hickey
Professional Geographer
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