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Adriona Heck Locates First Place At Geography Bee

Posted 12/21/2017

By Jared JanzenADRIONA Heck, center, was the winner of this year’s geography bee at Halstead Middle School last Thursday. Pictured with Heck are runner-up Jacob Romine and teacher Amy Hiebert.ADRIONA Heck, center, was the winner of this year’s geography bee at Halstead Middle School last Thursday. Pictured with Heck are runner-up Jacob Romine and teacher Amy Hiebert.

HALSTEAD—Eighth-grader Adriona Heck was crowned champion of the Halstead Middle School Geography Bee last week.

The winning question was, “Starting in San Francisco California, if you traveled on I-80 east you will enter the Great Basin just before crossing into what state?” Heck said Nevada, and she was right.

“I felt shocked,” she said about her reaction to winning. “I’ve never done this and I don’t know anything about geography.”

She said she had studied for two-and-a-half hours the night before to prepare for the competition.

Heck beat 17 of her fellow students, grades fourth through eighth, in the competition last Thursday morning.

All 18 contenders began competition with seven preliminary rounds, which got progressively harder. During the two opening rounds most students correctly answered questions about the United States and state birds.

Topics in the next three rounds were forces of nature, weird but true, and history, with 11 or 12 students managing to answer correctly in each of these rounds. Only half of the students had the right response in round six, and in round seven about cultures, every student guessed incorrectly.

Eight finalists were determined based on scores in the preliminary rounds. These were fourth-graders Thea Boese and Harrison Wilson, fifth-grader Caden Harmon, sixth-grader Jacob Romine, seventh-grader Clara Myers, and eighth-graders Alex Schulte, Elena Flask and Adriona Heck.

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