By David Southworth
Sixth grader Joshua Gamble represented Shelburne Community School (SCS) at the National Geography Bee state level of competition held at Middlebury College on Friday, March 30. Gamble’s performance represented one of the best for a SCS student, as out of a field of 80 students, Josh tied for 5th place. In the preliminary round, he correctly answered seven out of eight questions resulting in a tie for first place in his group of 20 (four concurrent rounds of 20 students were held across campus). When all of the scores from across campus were compared, only one student had a perfect eight, and 12 students, including Josh, who scored a seven, competed in a Tiebreaker Round. Gamble earned a seat in the finals which consisted of the top 10 students. Gamble answered several questions correctly, before bowing after his second incorrect answer, which resulted in a fifth place finish!
Gamble successfully answered questions about U.S. and world locations, U.S., North American and global geographical comparisons, current events, and the interpretation of a biomes map. He also came across questions about U.S. coastlines, annual snowfall, Caribbean capital cities, the Gobi Desert, African volcano, and the Gulf of Tonkin.