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Jurgens Victorious in 2015 Geographic Bee


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Can you answer the following question?  Which Mediterranean country, located at the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula, is Europe’s largest exporter of cotton?  If you knew the answer to this question was Greece, you may have had a chance of successfully competing in the 2015 Geography Bee

Jordan Jurgens, an 8th grade student at Freeman won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship as well as other great prizes.  The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee.

The 7th and 8th grade classes competed in the school-level Bee.  The Preliminary round was used to limit the field to 10 contestants.  Those 10 contestants were Josh Carter, Landon Husband, Brady Bloom, Luke Archer, Kaleb Unvert, Ashley Oltman, A.J. Jackson, Addison Dorn, Mary Zeman, and Jordan Jurgens.

Kaleb and Jordan were the only two left standing at the end of the Final Round.  They advanced to the Championship round and needed additional tie breaker questions before Jordan was able to correctly answer the question above.  Mr. Dalrymple was extremely impressed with this year’s contestants.  “In my years here we have never had this level of success.  Both Jordan and Kaleb had perfect scores through the 7 round preliminary competition.  On top of that, we had an additional 13 students answer 6 of the 7 questions correctly.  Jordan and Kaleb continued to stand out answering all 3 final round questions correctly.  I feel for Kaleb because this is his second straight year losing on a tie breaker in the championship round.”

Thousands of schools around the United States participate in the Bee.  The next step for the school winners, including Jordan, is to take a written test.  The top 100 scores in each state are eligible to compete in the state Bee.  Be sure to congratulate Jordan when you see him.  

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