Geographic Bee semiﬁnalist is a Gypsum student
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado – You may know some geography but not as much as this kid.
Daniel Caballero, an eighth-grader at Gypsum Creek Middle School, was a semifinalist in the 2011 Colorado Geographic Bee. To make the state meet, Caballero won his school competition and completed a qualifying test submitted to the National Geographic Society. Only students with test scores in the top 100 were invited to the state meet.
“Daniel represented Gypsum Creek Middle and our community well,” said Michelle Vasquez, a social-studies teacher at Gypsum Creek Middle School.
He was just two correct answers from making the state finals, Vasquez said.
“We are very proud of his accomplishments and his hard work,” Vasquez said.
The Colorado winner received $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in the national finals. Along with a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, the national winner will also travel, all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands.
Since the first National Geographic Bee in 1989, millions of students have competed each year. To get a look at the questions they face, go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
Colorado’s winner was Isabella Contolini, a seventh-grader from Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood. The national finals are in late May.