The geography questions started early at Parsley Elementary. Questions like, “What large US city is located at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill River?” A few hours later, ten fourth and fifth grade students had made it to the championship. The finals came down to fourth grader Hannah Marable and fifth grader Cole Cannon. Each had their own way of preparing for the event. “My mom bought me 2 books, one was a world atlas and one was a United States atlas, and she would ask me questions out of the books,” said Hannah. Cole said, “Little games online, the countries and stuff.” Marable was excited to share her success. “My friend was walking down the hall and I saw her and I said, 'I got in the championship round',” she said. In the end Cannon's geographical genius prevailed. Bee organizer, Kristi Youmans, said the geographical knowledge will help the students relate to people throughout the world. “To know about the areas that they're going to and the culture of the people there, I think it helps us to be aware of diversity in other areas of the world.” Cannon will now take a written test from National Geographic. If he does well, he will represent the school at the state competition in Raleigh this April.
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