Knight is Maple Street's geography bee champ

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MANCHESTER — Lindsay Knight of Dorset won Maple Street School's National Geographic Bee at a competition on Jan. 26.

Knight, who is in eighth grade, competed against all upper school students and was pronounced the school's winner at an all-school assembly, where she squared off against eventual runner-up Gavriel Levis of Manchester.

Lindsay will continue on to the state competition in March, with a chance to qualify for the national competition in Washington, D.C. in May. More than 11,000 school children nationally compete in the National Geographic Bee, and the competition is open to students in 4th through 8th grade.

"[Lindsay] worked hard, and this is an area that she has a talent for, so it was a great fit," said eighth-grade history teacher Geoff Chamberlain, according to a news release from the school.

Head of School Fanning Hearon said he was impressed with the knowledge the students displayed during the bee.

"For example, the final winning question was about the Republic of San Marino in Europe," he said, according to the release.

"After congratulating Lindsay and the other competitors I had to run back to my office and Google San Marino, which I learned is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy.

Admittedly, I knew nothing about one of the world's oldest republics. In anticipation of next year's contest, I plan on brushing up on my geography!"


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