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Mecouch, Barrall Tops in Martin Meylin Geography Bee

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Peter Mecouch and Bethany Barrall placed first and second in the 2019 Martin Meylin Geography Bee

Seventeen middle school students participated in the annual Martin Meylin Geography Bee on Wednesday, January 9. The competitors answered a variety of questions about United States and worldwide geography and trivia. This year, parents and classmates also were invited to play along online for the first few rounds.

The bee was sponsored and run by the Martin Meylin Social Studies Department. This year's contest consisted of seven increasingly difficult rounds of ten questions. Topics included animals, rivers, state statistics, and things that don’t belong.

Which country is not located in the southern hemisphere - South Africa Uruguay, or Panama?
(from round 6)

Answer: Panama

After round six, finalists Bethany Barrall, Josef Dunnenberger, Peter Mecouch, and Givenchy Warren switched from the online, multiple choice format to handwritten answers. The seventh round was made up of challenging questions about world economics. After the scores were tallied, seventh grader Peter Mecouch prevailed with 68/70 total correct answers. Eighth grader Bethany Barrall took second place with 62/70 correct answers. Bethany's also placed second in seventh grade.

The school competition was the first step in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. Peter will take a written test later this month to determine if he will qualify for the state bee on March 29. Winners of state competitions will advance to the National Championship in Washington D.C. this May. Best of luck to Peter and congratulations to all of the participants for their hard work and effort.

2019 Martin Meylin Geography Bee Contestants

  • Bethany Barrall
  • Grace Burdge
  • Bryan Conrad
  • Gavin Denlinger
  • Justin Gouger
  • Noelle Hess
  • Truman Horst
  • Aerianna Ile
  • Josef Dunnenberger
  • KJ Kessler
  • Myles McQueen
  • Peter Mecouch
  • Cooper Price
  • Preston Schonour
  • Cooper Price
  • Givenchy Warren
  • Silas Weidman
  • Carson Zook
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