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March 29, 2013

Area student to compete in geography bee

Cooperstown Central School student Tommy Knight has done it again — he will compete in the 2013 New York National Geographic Bee.

This will be Tommy’s third time competing in the state competition, which will held at the New York State Museum in Albany on April 5. The CCS student has never made it to the final round as an elementary student. But now that he is in middle school, and has been there done that, he is upping his expectations, saying he would like to be included in the top 10.

“You pretty much have to get all the questions right to get that far,” Tommy said. “It is really hard to do.”

The first year Tommy competed in states he got seven out of eight questions right and still did not make it to the final round. The second year he got five questions out of eight.

Tommy qualified for the state competition by passing a written test after winning his district’s middle school geography bee competition in December. During that competition, he did not miss a single question.

According to social studies teacher John Brotherton, Tommy had to get almost all the question right on the written test to qualify for states.

“I believe the test had 70 questions. It covered cultural history, cultural geography, historical geography, geographic terms, analogies and map questions,” he said.

“It is a pretty comprehensive evaluation of a student’s knowledge of geography, and Tommy stands out in all those areas,” Brotherton added. “I’m not surprised that he did well.”

Brotherton said it would be great if Tommy made it to nationals, but feels getting to the finals is a more realistic goal.

“Just to get to the finals at the state competition is a big deal,” Brotherton said.

It has been a long time since the district had a middle school student competing at this level, according to Brotherton. He said the last one to do so was Catherine Anania, who he thought graduated about three years ago.

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