North Branch Area Middle School held its final round of the Geography Bee Dec. 13. Over 400 students participated in preliminary rounds, 11 of which were chosen as finalists. The final two students who made it into the championship round were Conrad Almendinger and Samantha Jutz. Almendinger correctly answered the question, “The Yaghan were a nomadic tribe indigenous to Tierra del Fuego, an island group that is divided between Argentina and what other country?” to win the school championship. (The correct answer is Chile.)
Almendinger will take a 70-question written test
the first week in January. With a high enough score, he will compete in the state bee in St. Cloud in early April.