Friday, March 30, 2007

Catholicgauze at the Geography Bee

Today Catholicgauze will have the honor of being a judge at the state level Geography Bee. This allows Catholicgauze to complete the circle of his life. In fifth, six, and eighth grade I represented my school at the state level.

For those who want to win the Geography Bee or just try their hand at similar questions I have recommendations:

Good luck to all the contestants!


Anonymous said...

Awesome. I'm sure it will be a great time. I remember winning it in PA. in 5th Grade, on a question about Bosnia. Maybe there will be interesting free stuff at the state competition for you?

Mapgeek said...

Very cool indeed. I never really had an opportunity to formally test my geography knowledge in K-12 schools, and I'm continually amazed by the level of geographic facts these kids possess.

I attended the National Geography Bee in 1994 after completing a short internship at National Geographic. One of my intern friends was assigend to conduct research on questions for the Bee. They literally had to find 4-5 sources confirming the answer to each question no matter how common knowledge or mundane (e.g., Everest is the tallest find five authoritative books/journals that state this fact!). I often wonder what percentage of these kids will attend college or pursue a field of study that centers around geography. Quite a few I'd imagine (and hope)!

Catholicgauze said...

Put it there fellow intern alum!

Mapgeek said...

LOL...have to love small world coincidences! When did you intern?

Catholicgauze said...

Fall 2005 in .COM and film library. The geography bee intern was right across the hall from me.

Mapgeek said...

I suppose I'm an old-timer intern then since mine was in Winter of 1994! :-) Worked on revising maps for their now-defunct research journal, Research & Exploration. Still uncertain why they stopped that journal back in 1996-ish timeframe. It was your typical scholarly journal of field research, much of which was supported by the Society.

One huge perk was that all interns were invited to eat dinner with Barry Bishop, who led the program at the time (may he RIP).

Catholicgauze said...

The internship had perks. I ate with G. Grovesnor and others.

The loss of Research & Exploration was a sad thing. The 1990s were a bad time for National Geographic and the 2000s are only slightly better. Read about Explorer's House and then read the book itself to get the inside story of the Society.

Mapgeek said...

Awesome...thanks for the link. First I've heard of that book, which I'm certain to pick up now! :-)

We ate with G. Grosvenor as well, which was the best lunch of the whole internship....of course. Robert Ballard gave a presentation in the auditorium about how he discovered the Bismarck (or was it Lusitania?) while I was interning as well.