2013 Indiana Geographic Bee - 25th annual

The 2013 Indiana Geographic Bee was held on Friday, April 5 at the IUPUI Lecture Hall . Welcome and congratulatory remarks began with Dr. Robert White and Dr. Bill Blomquist. Followed by the Preliminary Round competitions, which resulted in seven students earning a perfect score of 8; those students automatically advanced to the Final Round competition. Ten students missed only one question during the Preliminary Rounds; those ten students participated in a Tie-Breaker Round to determine who would complete the three open spots needed for the Final Round, which consists of ten participants. Indiana's newest Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, spoke with the group congratulating them on their amazing efforts; she also noted the support and work of the parents/guardians, families, and teachers. Superintendent Ritz stressed the value of the Social Studies and encouraged the students to continue their Social Studies pursuits. The Final Round highlighted local Meteorologist, Chris Wright, as the Moderator; Chris has loads of experience with the Brain Game and is always amazed at the depth and breadth of knowledge that the Geographic Bee (and Brain Game) students possess. Each student performed extremely well and demonstrated a level of knowledge about the world that most folks do not have, and each student demonstrated a level of poise and professionalism that many of us strive toward. THANK YOU!!!

Sean Ives, the Indiana Geographic Bee winner, will travel to Washington, D.C. May 21-23 to participate in the 25th National Geographic Bee. GOOD RECALL and BEST WISHES!!!

Final 10 participants:

  1. Sean Ives, Trinity Lutheran School, Crown Point, 7th grade
  2. Ian Bercaw, Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne, 8th grade
  3. Nicholas Dye, Dekalb Middle School, Waterloo, 8th grade
  4. Ayon Mitra, Clay Middle School, Carmel, 8th grade
  5. John Morrissey, St. Simon the Apostle School, Indianapolis, 7th grade
  6. Jeremy Rusk, Honey Creek Middle School, Terre Haute, 7th grade
  7. Ahmad Rahman, Tri-North Middle School, Bloomington, 8th grade
  8. Luke Gregurich, St. Patrick School, Chesterton, 8th grade
  9. Ben Foley, University Elementary School, Bloomington, 6th grade
  10. Grayson Owens, Discovery School, Porter, 4th grade

Winning Question ... Walvis Bay, one of the largest ports in Namibia, was ruled by what country until 1994? ... Answer ... South Africa

State Winner Press Release - National Geographic Bee

Top 100 Qualifiers

IN 2013 Statistics

National Geographic Bee

Semi-Finalist Press Release

Agenda for the day

Photo Gallery

Special THANKS to the following IUPUI entities who made the 2013 IN Geographic Bee a great success:  School of Liberal Arts, Department of Geography, Department of Biology, Media Design & Production, Information & Technology Services, Facitilities Services, Parking Services, Communications & Public Relations, The Chancellor's Office, Campus Police, and all staff and faculty!!!

Special THANKS to the Indiana Legislature House Education Committee, Representatives Robert Behning and Gregory Porter and their staff: Josh and Joey!

Special THANKS to the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, and to the Indiana Department of Education!

Special THANKS to Chris Wright and WTHR TV 13!

Superintendent Glenda Ritz

Chris Wright, Meteorologist



to the following three entities for funding the production of the 2013 Indiana Geographic Bee!!!


Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Indiana Geographic Information Office




Watch the 2013 IN Geographic Bee via Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/71452169