Haley Prigge crowned CMS Geography Bee champ

Cambridge Middle School eight-grader Haley Prigge is this year’s CMS Geography Bee Champion.

First place CMS Geography Bee champion Haley Prigge and her geography teacher Erin Johnson.

First place CMS Geography Bee champion Haley Prigge and her geography teacher Erin Johnson.

Haley beat out second place Jaeger Kolstead, third place Blake Kettler and eight other finalists answering six out of seven preliminary round questions and five out of seven final round questions correctly in route to this year’s title.

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 were then eliminated, setting up a two-student championship round. Haley won by correctly answering South Carolina to a question asking what state, separated by the Savannah River, borders Georgia.

This is the 35th 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 eighth grade participants at Cambridge Middle School and special congratulations to first place Haley Prigge, second place Jaeger Kolstad, third place Blake Kettler and the seven other finalists: Alex Hutchens, Erik Michelson, Brayden Rusterholtz, Seth Kirkeide, Marina Becklin, Olivia Lindberg and Natalie Nelson.

The finalists in the Cambridge Middle School Geography Bee gather for a photo.

The finalists in the Cambridge Middle School Geography Bee gather for a photo.

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