Kamper wins Trinity Lutheran School GeoBee competition

MANISTEE — “What is the term for a wetland created where a river meets a larger body of water and deposits sediment — moraine or delta?”

Trinity Lutheran School students who placed in the top three positions in the National Geographic GeoBee competition were (left to right) Madilyn Bjorkquist (third place), Zennie Howell (second place) and Collin Kamper (first place). Kamper will now advance to the state level competition.

A question of that nature could challenge people of any age, but those were the type posed to Trinity Lutheran Elementary students in the fourth to eighth grade level during the annual National Geographic Geobee competition held last week.

This year sixth grader Collin Kamper won first place among the Trinity Lutheran students. He will now be one of 100 students who advance to the state GeoBee competition.

“Collin will now move on to the next level where he will have to take an online test answering questions,” said Trinity Principal David Moehring.

What makes the Geography GeoBee competition so interesting is questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and Earth Science.

Taking second place at the local Trinity Lutheran competition was Zennie Howell and third place went to Madilyn Bjorkquist.

“We had quite a few students take part this year and they all did well,” said Moehring. “Our second and third place finishers weren’t sure at first if they wanted to enter, but look how good they did.”

If Kamper were successful in winning the state level competition it would qualify him for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington D.C. to participate in the national competition. At that level students are competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expense paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic ship Endeavor II.

Moehring said the annual competition at their school is always a popular event for the students. School level competition of this nature is the opening round in the annual National Geographic Geobee and it is designed to create a curiosity about the world in the students.

The GeoBee began in 1989 after many concerned people felt American children had a real  lack of geographic knowledge. Through the assistance of the GeoBee more than 120 million students have gained a better understanding of geography.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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