Calvert declares geography bee winner

Calvert Catholic Elementary School hosted its 2013 National Geographic Bee Thursday.

Two students had to enter in a tie-breaker round. After answering a series of questions incorrectly, the students were asked, “The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed in 1848, ended the United States war with what country?” The answer, “Mexico,” was correctly given by eighth-grader Isaac Best, who became the school’s champion.

Best received a certificate and a National Geographic Society medal.

“I was nervous the whole time,” Best said. “I feel good about winning though. I felt that the tie-breaker round would last longer.”

The second-place winner was eighth-grader, Connor Myer, and third-place was eighth-grader Peyton Deats.

More than 100 students at the elementary school competed in preliminary classroom competitions, resulting in 10 finalists who competed in the final and championship rounds.

Other finalists were fifth-grader Jayden Fox; sixth-graders Lewis Fabrizio, Taylor Harris and Hunter Hendrix; and seventh-graders Jaron Gase, Park Hemminger and Lindsay Lucius.

The other contestants all received certificates from the society.

The bee moderator was Joe Moore, director of the International Culture Center; score keeper was reading resource teacher Rose Horn; time keeper was fifth-grade teacher Amy Lamvermeyer; and judge was social studies teacher Greg Hendrix.

“We are a global society and students have to be aware of the world and other countries and cultures,” Horn said.

Best will take a written assessment to determine the state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, $500 in cash, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The national competitions will be held May 20-22 in Washington D.C.

“Jeopardy” host, Alex Trebek will be the moderator at the national finals.

Best said there would be no other way to express winning the final round in the national championship: It would be “awesome!”

To prepare for the test, Best said he would study globes and maps and take an online geography quiz offered at

Best loves history and geography and hopes to one day become a zoologist and travel around the world.

“You have to be aware of where everything is,” Best said.

This is the 25th year the National Geographic Society has held the geography bee for students in fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories as well as in the Department of Defense schools around the world.