2018 IN Geographic Bee

The 2018 Indiana Geographic Bee was held on Friday, April 6 on the campus of IUPUI. Dr. Tom Davis, Dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, provided very moving and dynamic “welcome and congratulatory” remarks.

Eleven (11) of the 103 participants had a perfect scores after the Preliminary Rounds; they competed in a single-elimination Tiebreaker in order to determine the final ten participants who advanced to the Final Round. Twenty (20) of the 103 competitors missed only one question during the Preliminary Rounds. Once again, our Indiana students demonstrated how AMAZINGLY AWESOME they are, a reflection of their great education (teachers and home support). THANK YOU to the schools, educators, administrators, parents/guardians, friends, and siblings of all of the participants for your encouragement, support, and love for learning!

Final 10 Participants:

  1. Jonathon Elliott, Griffith Middle School, Griffith
  2. Oliver VandeWater, Canterbury School, Fort Wayne
  3. Gabe Glaze, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School, Fishers
  4. Niah Patel, Western Middle School, Russiaville
  5. Joseph Tarrant, Terre Haute Christian Home Educators, Terre Haute**
  6. Trey Girolimon, Crown Point Christian School, Saint John**
  7. Brian Culver, Orchard School, Indianapolis*
  8. Dylan Noble, Fishers Junior High School, Fishers*
  9. Cooper Koers, St. Simon the Apostle Catholic School, Indianapolis
  10. Daniel Sibincic, Robert Taft Middle School, Crown Point

* = eliminated during the same Round 5; ** = eliminated during the same Round 6

Missed 1 during the Tiebreaker RoundLouie Meldgin

Winning question: Last November, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh promoted full protection of a large marine area by swimming in the icy waters off the coast of Grytviken. Grytviken is a settlement on what island 450 miles to the northwest of the South Sandwich Islands? South Georgia Island

From the National Geographic Bee >>> Indiana Geographic Bee website … with lots of information

List of Top 103 Qualified Students

2018 Geographic Bee Statistics

Photo Gallery

Watch for the broadcast via your local Indiana Public Television Station in mid to late May … call them to request the broadcast if not showing: WFYI TV 20, May 25 at 4:30 p.m.; WNIN Evansville June 14 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Aundrea Hart if you have questions: ahart@wfyi.org .

Special THANKS to the following IUPUI entities who made the 2018 IN Geographic Bee a great success:  School of Liberal Arts, Department of Geography, Campus & Community Engagement, Admissions/Outreach, Department of Biology, Information & Technology Services, Campus Facilities Services, Parking Services, Communications & Public Relations, The Chancellor’s Office, Campus Police, and all helpful staff and faculty!!!

Special THANKS to Excel Decorators and Markey’s Equipment Rental!

Special THANKS to the Indiana House Legislative Education Committee Chairs and their Staff: Representative Robert Behning and David Buyze!

THANKS to our production sponsors …
Working together to create a more geographically literate Indiana!
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