Riverview Geography Bee

Photos courtesy of Tyler Gruett

Seventh-grader wins Riverview Geography Bee

Posted January 23, 2017

Caitlyn Albrecht, a seventh-grader at Riverview Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school bee is the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. Caitlyn now takes a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will compete in a state bee on March 31.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participate in this annual competition open to students in grades 5 through 8.

More than 600 Riverview students took a preliminary test to qualify for the school bee. The top 30 qualifiers advanced to the school bee, where they answered oral questions on geography Jan. 12 in the school auditorium.

The competition consisted of seven rounds, with each contestant asked one question per round. Four contestants correctly answered all seven of their questions to advance to the Championship Round. Along with Caitlyn, the three others included eighth-graders Reese Young (a 2015 qualifer), Kennidy Pelnar (a 2016 qualifier) and Ryan Kraus.

Ryan was eliminated in the first tiebreaker round and finished in fourth place. In the final tiebreaker round, Reese was eliminated and finished in third place, with Kennidy ending up second after eight more tiebreaker questions. 

The rest of the qualifiers for the competition were: seventh-graders Jason Meyer (a 2016 qualifier), Nick Schwartz, Annika Nelson, Nick Harpstead, Reed Gahagan (a 2016 qualifier), Matt Sheridan (2016 third-place finisher) and Jacob Gruttner; eighth-graders and 2016 third-place finishers Maggie Munson (a 2015 qualifier), Allaina Struve and Ben Gerlach; and fellow eighth-graders Alonzo Trunnel-Spindler, Asa Hyer, Evan Meyer (a 2015 qualifier and 2016 second-place finisher), Alex Nyhof (a 2016 qualifier), Addie Plate (2015 and 2016 qualifier), Dillon Meredith (a 2016 qualifier), Brad Preissner, Brianna Kober (a 2016 qualifier), Ty Sanders, Nicholas Bastian (a 2016 qualifier), Jake Helmrick (a 2016 qualifier), Tristin Kesick, Albino Anzures, Rachel Stokdyk, Brandon Vaughn and Gabriel Kalleward. 

National Geographic Bee sample questions


1. Which state is known as the Peach State because peaches are one of its major crops—Hawaii or Georgia?
2. Which state is known as the Great Lakes State because it is bordered by four of the five Great Lakes—North Dakota or Michigan?
3. Which state, famous for its wealth and financial resources, is known as the Empire State—Idaho or New York
4. A trumpet appears on the quarter of which state, known for its jazz music heritage—Louisiana or Florida?
5. The first successful airplane flight, at Kill Devil Hills, is commemorated on the quarter of which
state—North Carolina or Iowa?
6. The threatened Canada lynx, which has large feet adapted for walking on top of deep snow, lives near Lake of the Woods in which state—Georgia or Minnesota?
7. To bike around Stanley Park in Vancouver and see the northern lights near Yellowknife, you would travel to what country?
8. To take a rain forest tour and to dance at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebration, you would travel to what country?
9. To see an acrobatics show in Beijing and walk along the Great Wall, you would travel to what country?


1. Georgia
2. Michigan
3. New York
4. Louisiana
5. North Carolina
6. Minnesota
7. Canada
8. Brazil
9. China