Eighteen students in seventh and eighth grades earned the right to compete in the bee

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Students and guests filled the grandstands at Baker Prairie's main gym on Thursday, Jan. 18 for the Geo Bee.

Do you know which country does not have a border that touches the Danube River? Romania, Slovakia or Lithuania? Winner of Baker Prairie's Geography Bee, Clayton Geyman, knew the answer to that question and many more.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie eighth-grade student Clayton Geyman came away from the Geo Bee with the win on Jan. 18.

Eighteen Baker Prairie students participated in the Geo Bee on Thursday, Jan. 18. Each of them had earned their place in the bee after scoring the highest in their social studies class on a test.

The participants were Alex Evans, Anahi Verduzeo Rojo, Audrie Nielsen, Bella Short, Clayton Geyman, Colin Kennedy, Eris Peto, Jacob Ray, Jamie Chard, Jennifer Rosiles Malagon, Kassy Garret, Olivia Metz, Riley Hemsi-Walters, Sean Gearheart, Silas Wood, Spencer Chapin, Taylor Pierson and Theo Netter.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Social studies teacher Ron Boost hosted the competition Jan. 18.

For fun, four brave teachers also participated in the first few rounds of the competition. They were science teacher Scott Harms, special education teacher Ariel Nielsen, social studies teacher Louise Osterman and band teacher Jordan Paulus.

The bee was hosted by social studies teacher Ron Boost.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Eighteen students participated in Baker Prairie's Geo Bee on Thursday, Jan. 18.

During the first round, students were given questions with two multiple choice answers, then in the second round, there were three choices, and by the final rounds, students had to come up with the answer on their own.

Students who answered two questions incorrectly were excused from the competition.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Pictured are the top 8 contestants of the Geo Bee.

Once the participants were whittled down to the top eight, they were given a clean slate and questions focused on the United States.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Eagle Council students Jamie Mack (left) and Laela Wood (right) told jokes in between rounds of the competition. Mikey Gibson holds the sign.

Between rounds, eighth-grade students Jamie Mack and Laela Wood, of the Eagle Council, provided some comedic relief with jokes like, "I only know 25 letters of the alphabet—I don't know 'Y.'"

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Pictured are the top 5 contestants of the Geo Bee.

By the last round, five students remained, and four of them were eliminated at once, leaving Geyman as the 2018 Baker Prairie Geo Bee champ.

"I am so proud of all the Geography Bee contestants," Principal Jennifer Turner said. "They all did a great job."

By the way, the answer was Lithuania.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Ron Boost congratulates Geo Bee winner Clayton Geyman.

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