Saturday, April 5, 2014

Are You as Smart (About Geography) as an Idaho Eighth-Grader?

Posted By on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Eighth-grader Amrit Singh from Grangeville has won himself a trip back to the nation's capital after successfully defending his Idaho championship April 4 in the 26th annual state geography bee at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

On hundred elementary- and middle-school students from across Idaho represented their regions in this week's statewide competition, where the winner received $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for the May national contest, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Ultimately, two Idaho students faced Friday's final question: "What is the name for the underground tunnel system invented in ancient Persia to carry water from mountain springs to low land arid agriculture areas?"

Singh correctly answered "acqueduct."

But the questions will only get tougher at nationals. 2013's final question was: "Because the Earth bulges at the equator, the point that is farthest from the Earth's center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak."

Seventh-grader Sathwik Karnik of Massachusetts correctly answered: "Chimborazo."

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