A local seventh-grader put his knowledge of geography to the test at a competition in Gettysburg earlier this month. Thomas Huck, of Berwyn, competed in the National Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic Society and Google.
The following information comes from TEMS teacher Maddie Dorville.
Thomas Huck of Berwyn was able to compete at the state level of the National Geography Bee 5 April 2013, held in Gettysburg.
Thomas is a seventh grader at Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School, who won the school GEOBEE in January, and went on scoring high enough on a written test as one of the top 100 scores in Pennsylvania. Thomas was sponsored by teacher; Jean Cook. He survived many rounds of questions in Gettysburg and tied for 18th place among the 100.
The knowledge he and other contestants demonstrated was of a very high caliber, recalling every map in atlases for country names, previous names, rivers, capitols, mountains, languages, weather patterns, and details of current events.
This marks the 25th annual National Geography Bee, open to 4th through 8th graders. The next round will be for state winners and winners from District of Columbia, US Atlantic & Pacific Territories and Departmentof Defense Dependents Schools to compete in Washington DC for the national finals May 20 to 22.
The state winners each receive $100 and the National GEOBEE champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The GEOBEE is organized by the National Geographic Society and is also sponsored by Google. At the state level the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.