On April 6, eighth-grader Wyeth Haddock represented BFA-Fairfax in the National Geographic Vermont State Geography Bee at Castleton State University. Wyeth earned his spot at the State Bee by winning the school championship in February, then taking a qualifying test.
At the State Bee, Wyeth competed against 73 other middle schoolers from across the state. Wyeth advanced to the final round after finishing among the top 10 overall scorers in the preliminary rounds. In the final round, the competitors faced a variety of geographic challenges and questions. These challenges included selecting a city for solar and wind project based on their knowledge of population and climate and identifying a world city using only precipitation and average temperature data.
The field was narrowed from 10 students to 6, then to 4, until the final 2: Wyeth and Mary Fowler, who represented Eastern Vermont Homeschoolers. Wyeth came in second place overall, just missing out on the chance to represent Vermont at the National Championship in Washington, DC.
Congratulations to Wyeth for an outstanding performance!
Jennifer Skerrett is a 7/8 Social Studies Teacher and Geo-Bee Coach at BFA Fairfax. You can follow her @jskerrett