On Tuesday, January 22nd, Carter Hain, an 8th-grade student at Warwick Middle School, won the fourth annual National Geographic Geography Bee held at WMS. Carter went up against fellow 8th-grader Xavier Flaiz in the championship round to become the overall winner.
The Warwick Geographic Bee started out with 27 competitors who competed in a preliminary round of seven questions. The top ten finishers from the first round then advanced to the final round, where the competition questions winnowed the field down to two, who would then face-off in the championship round. Those final two competitors were Carter and Xavier. Carter and Xavier were asked three questions, in which Carter was the first to answer one correctly. 8th-grader Ben Siegrist came in third place.
The 2018 National Geographic Bee is held in more than 11,000 schools across the country, inspiring students to be curious about the world. The question contest is designed to increase geographic knowledge through competition and fun. The entire middle school population took a preliminary test, of which 25 students earned the right to compete in the bee. Now that Carter has been crowned the school champion, he will take a qualifying test to compete in the State Bee. 100 of the top scorers on the qualifying test statewide will then be eligible to compete in the Pennsylvania State Bee, held on March 29th, 2019 in Harrisburg.
The Warwick Middle School Social Studies Department would like to congratulate Carter Hain for winning the Middle School National Geographic Bee, along with runner-up Xavier Flaiz and the other contestants for making the Geo Bee a success.