After a series of tests, nine students received top scores that allowed them to participate in the schoolwide Geography Bee. Students were eliminated after two incorrect answers.
After a drawn-out battle for top honors, sixth-grader Collin Takas took first place. He said it was "exciting."
Takas, 11, will now take a test to determine if he qualifies for the state-level Geography Bee.
Jacqueline Sander, a sixth-grade teacher at White Pines and host of the Geography Bee, said students had to know more than just locations of states. Participants had to know about landforms, rivers, cities and history throughout the world.
“They have to know a lot of information to do well,” she said.
Parents, friends and classmates cheered on participants from their seats.
Grand Haven resident Susan Lowe sat in the front row to watch her sixth-grade son, Bennett, compete. She said Bennett studied for the Bee by reviewing atlases and studying a few books.
"I think I’m more nervous than he is,” Lowe said.
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