Timberlane Middle School Student Named NJ National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist for Second Year

    For the second year in a row, Timberlane Middle School 7th grader, Max Baker, has qualified as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the New Jersey National Geographic State Bee. This year, the contest will be held on Friday April 6, 2018, at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. In 2017, Max placed seventh in the top 10 finalists.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

    To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

    National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org.  

    How would you fare as a National Geographic Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

    1. The Appalachian Mountains run through which state—Georgia or Mississippi?
    2. Georgia
    3. The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
      A. Nebraska
    4. Which state straddles the Tropic of Cancer—Hawaii or Alaska?
      A. Hawaii
    5. Which form of mass production was used by Henry Ford to produce automobiles in large quantities in Detroit, Michigan—threshing machine or assembly line?
      A. assembly line
    6. What is the term for the physical location where a plant or animal lives—habitat or pattern?
    7. habitat
    8. Which country does not contain large areas of desert—Chad, Venezuela, or Iraq?
      A. Venezuela
    9. Public steam baths called hammams are part of the culture in cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech in which African country?
      A. Morocco
    10. The Delmarva Peninsula includes parts of Delaware, Virginia, and which other state?
      A. Maryland
    11. The easternmost part on the Horn of Africa is located in which country?
      A. Somalia
    12. 10. Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates? A. Cambodia


    The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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