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Harrells Christian Holds 26th Annual Geography Bee

Geography Bee finalists, from left, Georgia Pope, Tyler Johnson, Rhodes Spears, Evan Boussias, Hudson Griffin, Joesen Pope, Kailey Pope, Luis Funes, and Josh deAndrade 


The 26th annual Harrells Christian Academy Geography Bee was held Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the school auditorium. The competition was open to all fourth through eighth grade students.

After seven preliminary rounds administered to all fourth through eighth grade students and a tiebreaker round, nine remaining finalists competed during the onstage competition. Each participant received a certificate of participation as well as a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Hudson Griffin

This year’s winner was seventh grader Hudson Griffin of Clinton. The winning question was: Jasper and Banff [BAMF] National Parks are located in the Rocky Mountains in what Canadian province? The answer is: Alberta.

In addition to the gift card, Hudson also received $25, a medal, and will have his name engraved on a plaque displayed in the HCA media center.

Hudson will take a written test to determine if he can advance to the state level bee usually held in Raleigh or Charlotte. The state level winner will advance to the national level, where a $25,000 scholarship will be awarded by the National Geographic Society.

HCA’s event was coordinated by librarian Joy Usher, who also served as judge during the competition. The moderator was HCA senior Will deAndrade. The scorekeeper was teaching assistant Cheryl Braswell. The timekeeper was teaching assistant Debbie Raynor.

The Geography Bee is sponsored annually by the media center as a way of gaining a better understanding of the world in which we live.

Geography Bee winners, from left, Evan Boussias (3rd place), Hudson Griffin (1st place), and Joesen Pope (2nd place)
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