Caitlan Snaring, above, a homeschooled girl from Redmond, Washington (near Seattle) is the first female champion of the National Geographic Bee in 16 years. Her execution was flawless and she won a $25,000 scholarship. It was her second National Geographic Bee. The day after she lost last year, she started studying for this year, carrying around loads of books and notebooks marked with sticky notes and spending hours a day poring over them.
She won when she answered this question correctly:
A city that is divided by a river of the same name was the imperial capital of Vietnam for more than a century. Name this city, which is still an important cultural center. (The answer is Hue’).
Other questions from geography bee:
1. Silbo, a code language whistled across the hilly terrain of a North Atlantic island group, became required learning in schools in order to save it from extinction. Silbo can be heard on the island of Gomera, administered by what country?
2. Until the late 1800s, people on a present-day island country practiced cannibalism using forks like the one seen here. Name this country, whose largest island is Viti Levu.
3. Name the item that does not belong, and say why: Davis Strait, Strait of Gibraltar, Luzon Strait, Cook Strait, Bering Strait.
4. The second-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa is also the richest Portuguese-speaking country in Africa. Name this country.
5. The major mountain ranges on Earth’s seven continents are dwarfed in length by an underwater range that runs from just north of the Antarctic Circle to north of the Arctic Circle. Name this submarine mountain range.
Answers: 1. Spain. 2. Fiji. 3. Cook Strait, the only one listed that is in the Southern Hemisphere. 4. Angola. 5. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Caitlan is the fifth Washington student to win the Geography Bee, more than any other state. A hopeful clue to her interests lies in the information that one of her passions is the study of the history of pottery, and in particular Greek and Minoan pottery. 🙂
I have been homeschooling/unschooling my children since 1983. It’s been a revelation, and the movement itself has been a mostly-quiet revolution in our time. It’s a great alternative to public education, for parents who can manage it.
Go Caitlan! You do us proud.