CC Student Named Iowa National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

Charles City Middle School student Jared Johnson along with Talented & Gifted coach Ann Prichard

Charles City, Iowa – Charles City Middle School student Jared Johnson has been named as one of the semifinalists able to complete in the Statewide Iowa National Geographic State Bee which will be held on Friday March 31st at the University of Northern Iowa.

Jared is in 7th grade and is the son of Steve and Krystal Johnson of Charles City.

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.

Ann Prichard, Charles City’s K-8th Talented & Gifted teacher says programs like these are important for the students.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship among other prizes. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.


How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

Q) The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
A) Nebraska

Q) Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?
A) White House

Q) 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?
A) Pacific Ocean

Q) 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?
A) Africa

Q) What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?
A) aquifer

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Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.