Almendinger wins NBAMS Geography Bee

Conrad Almendinger points to Chile, the winning answer in the NBAMS Geography Bee. Photos supplied

Conrad Almendinger points to Chile, the winning answer in the NBAMS Geography Bee. Photos supplied

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

(Right) Front:  Ashley Darst, Kevin Fairbanks, Jalen McDonough Middle: Samantha Jutz, Jacob DeMars, Cole Joyal, Dillon Brunschon Back: John Rainer, Paul Willard, Conrad Almendinger, Bryant Meyer, Lori Blomquist.<br /><p class=" src="http://ecmpostreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/YO-geo-bee1-225x300.jpg" width="225" height="300" />
(Right) Front: Ashley Darst, Kevin Fairbanks, Jalen McDonough Middle: Samantha Jutz, Jacob DeMars, Cole Joyal, Dillon Brunschon Back: John Rainer, Paul Willard, Conrad Almendinger, Bryant Meyer, Lori Blomquist.

the first week in January.  With a high enough score, he will compete in the state bee in St. Cloud in early April.

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