Kretz is Vermont National Geographic State Bee semifinalist

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Warren, Vermont Sixth-grader Reuben Kretz is a semifinalist for the National Geographic Society 2017 Vermont National Geographic State Bee

On January 20, nine Upper Unit students competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee for the title of Warren School Geography Champion. Reuben Kretz took first place and emerged as the Warren School champion. Eva Joslin finished in second place and Charly Seitz was the third-place finisher. Reuben, the Warren School champ, showed solid knowledge of the world he lives in, not only with accurate fact recall but also by answering difficult questions by carefully using context clues to make educated guesses. Reuben then took an online test completed by all other school champions to try to earn an invitation to the state level competition. He succeeded, so Reuben has now qualified for the State Geography Bee to be held on Friday, March 31.

Sixth-grader Reuben Kretz, Warren, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Vermont National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on Friday, March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition, and a trip to Washington, DC, to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14 to 17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

At the school bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state – New Mexico or Nebraska?
Nebraska.

Which landmark in Washington, DC, was burned by the British in 1814 – the Washington Monument or the White House?
White House.

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?
Pacific Ocean.

The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?
Africa.

What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater – an arroyo or an aquifer?
Aquifer.

Kretz is the son of Amy Kretz and Matthew “Chicky” Staples.