Farmington Schools eighth grader is Geography Bee state semi-finalist

Sanjiv Seshan
Sanjiv Seshan (contributed)

East Middle School eighth grader Sanjiv Seshan recently earned a berth in the 2018 Michigan National Geographic State Bee, held April 6 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Now in its 30th year, the geography bee begins with fourth through eighth grade students participating in school level competitions. School champions then take a qualifying test submitted to the National Geographic Society. 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 compete in the State Bees.

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How would you fare as a National Geographic Bee contestant?

At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these (answers are below the list of questions).

1. The Appalachian Mountains run through which state—Georgia or Mississippi?

2. The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?

3. Which state straddles the Tropic of Cancer—Hawaii or Alaska?


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?


5. What is the term for the physical location where a plant or animal lives—habitat or pattern?


6. Which country does not contain large areas of desert—Chad, Venezuela, or Iraq?

7. Public steam baths called hammams are part of the culture in cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech in which African country?


8. The Delmarva Peninsula includes parts of Delaware, Virginia, and which other state?


9. The easternmost part on the Horn of Africa is located in which country?


10. Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates?



1. Georgia

2. Nebraska

3. Hawaii

4. assembly line

5. habitat

6. Venezuela

7. Morocco

8. Maryland

9. Somalia

10. Cambodia