Jacob Ondek

Jacob Ondek

PRESS RELEASE – March 28, 2018

Student’s Name: Jacob Ondek
Parents’ Names: Andrew and Amy Ondek
School Name and Address: Fluvanna County High School
Palmyra, VA Grade Level: Eighth

Jacob Ondek has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Virginia National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at Longwood University on Friday, April 6, 2018.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th 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.

To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd 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 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place 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. Second-and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee. National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org.

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

1.  The Appalachian Mountains run through which state—Georgia or Mississippi?
A.  Georgia
2.  The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
A.  Nebraska
3.  Which state straddles the Tropic of Cancer—Hawaii or Alaska?
A.  Hawaii
4.  Which form of mass production was used by Henry Ford to produce automobiles in large quantities in Detroit, Michigan—threshing machine or assembly line?
A.  assembly line
5.  What is the term for the physical location where a plant or animal lives—habitat or pattern?
A.  habitat
6.  Which country does not contain large areas of desert—Chad, Venezuela, or Iraq?
A.  Venezuela
7.  Public steam baths called hammams are part of the culture in cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech in which African country?
A.  Morocco
8.  The Delmarva Peninsula includes parts of Delaware, Virginia, and which other state?
A.  Maryland
9.  The easternmost part on the Horn of Africa is located in which country?
A.  Somalia
10.  Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates?
A.  Cambodia

This is the third time that Fluvanna has has students to qualify for the State National Geographic Bee.
2015-Alex Pellicane and Liam Bridge
2017-Joseph O’Connor

School Bee Winners for 2018

JacobOndek, Eighth Grader – Fluvanna County High School
Austin Feith, Sixth Grader – Fluvanna Middle School
Alex Schmidt, Fourth Grader – Carysbrook Elementary School

For more information about Fluvanna’s participation in the National Geographic Bee contact: Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director of Instruction and Finance at bgilliam@apps.fluco.org or 434-589-8208.

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