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Thomas Jefferson holds geography bee

 Knowledge of our nation and the world is abysmal in adults  according to a geography teacher at Thomas Jefferson Day School where students competed in a geography bee.
 In a world where adults and students rely on Google maps to find places, geography  is a subject sometimes overlooked.  But not today. 


 30-students competed at Thomas Jefferson day school in the 26-th annual national geographic bee.  
     Rounds included multiple choice questions and  rounds where students had to come up with  a country or continent.  The contest was narrowed down to two  with Lewis Weller the ultimate winner. He says, "I do have an interest in geography but its kind of more of a passive interest in that I, I've always really  liked  maps and studying geography. Generally, one of the main things that helps me,  is maps.  I just go through atlases."

    It's a subject that is sometimes overlooked even though the knowledge is very important. Geography and history teacher, Steven Mccollum, says "Geography's not just place. We have questions about cities, questions about culture, questions about  physical features. Geography's economics.  Its population. We have all kinds of things you can teach with geography.
Weller now takes another written geography test as a qualifier for the state bee which will be held in Columbia at the University of Missouri.  The winner goes on to national competition hosted by Alex Trebek and could win a $50 thousand dollar college scholarship.



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