Wayne State College

Vibe Czech Wins 2023 Geography Bowl

Published Monday, November 13th, 2023

Geograpy Bowl winners 2023
Wayne State College held its 12th annual Geography Bowl on Nov. 9 on campus. Pictured are (l-r) champions Alex Johnson and Jayden Carper; Dr. Randy Bertolas, professor of geography and chair of the History, Politics, and Geography Department at Wayne State; Dr. Lesli Rawlings, professor of geography at Wayne State; and second place finishers Stephen Brazil and Jasmyne McDonald.

Eight two-student teams participated in the Geography Bowl, which featured a quiz bowl format.

Can you name one of two U.S. states that border eight other states? If you answered Missouri or Tennessee, you could have been a contender at Wayne State College’s 12th annual Geography Bowl held Nov. 9 on campus.

Vibe Czech defeated Braz N Jas 17-7 in the finals of the event that featured a quiz bowl format. Vibe Czech team members were Jayden Carper, a computer science major from West Point, and Alex Johnson, a pre-med major from Aurora. Braz N Jas team members were Stephen Brazil, a history major from Remsen, Iowa, and Jasmyne McDonald of Bellwood. McDonald is majoring in human services counseling and criminal justice.

Eight two-student teams competed in the event, while about 130 students were in attendance.

“Competition is intense during this 90-minute event of humor and enlightenment,” said Dr. Lesli Rawlings, a professor of geography at Wayne State who started the Geography Bowl in 2011. “It’s a great opportunity for students to have some fun as the semester starts to wind down.”

The Geography Bowl features teams of Wayne State undergraduate students answering questions on topics of global consequence. Subjects ranged from the physical properties of Earth to cultural impacts on the environment.

Sponsored by Gamma Theta Upsilon, Wayne State’s Geography Honor Society, the Geography Bowl is held each year to honor Geography Awareness Week, which is Nov. 13-17 this year. This nationally recognized week raises awareness of geography as a discipline and as part of daily life.

For more information about the Geography Bowl, contact Dr. Lesli Rawlings, professor of geography at Wayne State, at [email protected].