National Geographic Geography Bee – “Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler?”

February 1st, 2011 Posted in TCS News

On Sunday, December 5, 10 finalists from Tiffin Middle School’s preliminary competition gathered for the National Geographic Society Geography Bee Finals in an academic competition. Serena Ratliff, Lydia Bruno, Luke Musil, Adam Forrest, Madison Stephey, Ross Pauly, Jack Burkes, Nevin Lantz, Mackenzie Moyer, and Eric Schermer represented TMS well with their outstanding knowledge of geography.

After several levels of grueling competition, the field was narrowed to two finalists. 8th grader Jack Burkes took home the second place award and 7th grader Adam Forrest was declared champion of Tiffin Middle School. A trophy plaque, donated by Tom Zirm at the Old Fort Banking Company, is being engraved with Adam’s name and will include eleven openings for future champions’ names as well.


Row 1: Madison Stephy, Adam Forrest, Jack Burkes
Row 2: Nevin Lantz, Serena Ratliff, Mackenzie Moyer, Lydia Bruno
Row 3: Ross Pauly, Luke Musil, Eric Schermer


The TMS bee was co-sponsored by HEIGHTS, Tiffin Middle School, and The International Cultural Center. Gail Shreiner served at timekeeper, Joe Moore as judge and official photographer, and Paula Zirm as coordinator and moderator. Special thanks to Mikki King and the Tiffin YMCA for presenting all finalists with a one-week YMCA pass and a three-month membership to our champion. Gratitude is also extended to the TMS social studies teachers who narrowed the field of over 600 TMS students to the 10 finalists with a series of rounds as prescribed in the National Geographic Society Bee rules.

Champion Adam Forrest will next take a written assessment for state qualifications. We wish him luck as there are considerable college scholarship awards presented for those students that place in the national levels.

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