CMS Geography Bee winner for 2012

Cambridge Middle School eighth-grader Zach Kosel is this year’s CMS Geography Bee Champion. Zach beat out runner-up  Joe Conrad and eight other finalists by answering correctly 7-of-7 preliminary round questions and three Championship round questions en route to the title.

Geographhy champ Zach Kosel with CMS teacher Matt Braaten.

Close to 210 Cambridge Middle School students participated in this year’s Geography Bee. From a seven-question preliminary round, 10 finalists were selected to compete in the final round. Eight students then were eliminated, setting up a the final round. Zach won by correctly answering “Mali” to the question: “Timbuktu, a center of caravan trade for almost a thousand years, is located north of the Niger River in which landlocked country?”

This is the 34th year that the National Geographic Society has conducted a Geography Bee for students in grades 4-8 across the United States, five U.S. territories and in the U.S. Department of Defense dependents schools around the world.

Congratulations to all the 8th grade participants at Cambridge Middle School and special congratulations to finalists Mitchell Ziebarth (3rd place), Courtney Dobbs, Marissa Hunt, Rebecca Knudson, Grant Larson, Joe Olson, Madeline Roach and Robert Steele.