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Almanacs and the Geography Bee

Post by Brent Champaco on April 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm with No Comments »
April 9, 2010 5:36 pm
Alec Sjoholm of Mountlake Terrace celebrates his victory in the state-level competition for the National Geographic Bee at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland on Friday, April 9, 2010. To his left is coordinator Evy McNeal and second-place winner Alex Quast of Olympia (Drew Perine/Staff photographer)

After studying every almanac in his family’s house for most of the past year, Alec Sjoholm’s legacy in the state Geographic Bee rested on a question about a South Pacific island.

“The island of Rapa Nui,” the moderator read aloud Friday, “is more commonly referred to by what English language name?”

Alec, a sixth-grader from Terrace Park Elementary in Mountlake Terrace, waited as his opponent, Alex Quast of Olympia, offered his answer.

Sri Lanka? Nope.

Alec, 11, strode to the microphone.

“Easter Island,” he said coolly in front of about 400 people on the edge of their seats at Pacific Lutheran University.

Of course he was right. It was just like the almanac said.

Alec cemented himself as the state’s top geography whiz kid Friday, earning $100, the “National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World” and all-expenses-trip to Washington D.C. for the national finals May 25-26.

It was the culmination of a long year for 100, fourth- to eighth-graders who had won school-level geography bees across the state.

Read more about this story in tomorrow’s News Tribune.

General, Parkland
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