Centre Avenue School’s National Geographic Bee champion, sixth-grader Michael Mahoney, is headed to Albany, New York, after passing the National Geographic Bee state-qualifying test. He will compete against 100 students from across New York State on April 6.
“I’m excited and a little nervous,” he said. “I feel like if I study and try my best, it will be okay.”
Michael said his interest in geography began at a young age.
“I would ask my parents a lot of questions and when I saw places on TV, I’d ask where they were.”
Michael received the book “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee” in December and began studying for his school’s Bee. He said the book was helpful because it provided facts about geography and study tips for all levels of the competition. As for the state-qualifying test, Michael said it was “easy.”
“I had an hour to take the test, but it I did it in 15 minutes,” he said.
Michael also offered some advice for those interested in competing in next year’s Bee.
“Never stop asking questions,” he said. “If you don’t know something, research it on the internet, and remember – you can learn from getting the wrong answers.”
One champion from each state will advance to the National Geographic Bee championship held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Good luck, Michael!