Heartland students learn about their world in Geobee contest

Back row: Phoebe Freiburger, Isaiah Cullers-Arnold, Carter Hoffmeyer, Haylee Gordon, Drake Spurgeon.

Front row: Colin Oliver, Trayven Koser, Maybelle Lusher, Carly Bradley, Gus Williams.

Schuyler R-1 students are learning more about their world.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are competing in the National Geographic Geobee.

According to a press release on the local event, 120 million students have participated in the GeoBee since it started in 1989.

“It’s like a spelling bee, just geography questions, so it was pretty fun,” said student Haylee Gordon.

It was started with the goal of getting young people to learn more about geography.

“It was pretty fun,” said Trayven Koser about the event.

Students said they enjoyed the time spent studying with their families.

Maybelle Lusher said, “When we got the papers that had the actual questions, we [Maybelle and her stepfather] marked them, and he helped me a lot with the Geobee to become one of the finalists.”

“We had puzzles,” said Colin Oliver on how he studied.

The students first participated in a preliminary round earlier this month within the school, where the 10 qualifiers from that event competed in another contest. The winner from that takes a test for a chance at advancing on to a state contest.

“I knew some things, I knew where at least Missouri was, that kind of helps,” Drake Spurgeon said with a laugh.

“I had fun and some tough competition, probably wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t get the easiest question out of the last round,” said Carter Hoffmeyer with a smile.

Isaiah Cullers-Arnold told KTVO that he learned to try hard, and sometimes just take a guess.

Phoebe Freiburger explained her strategy of taking her time and thinking the questions through.

The students said they enjoyed learning about the world we live on.

“It was really confusing and frustrating, but it was fun,” said Gus Williams.

“I just guessed random questions and it was pretty fun,” said Carly Bradley. “I actually liked it.”

The winner of the nationwide Geobee in Washington, D.C. gets to go on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

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