ELLIOTTSBURG — Seventh grader Braydon Cockley edged out defending champion and eighth grader Dante Jacobelli during Wednesday’s 24th Annual National Geographic Bee at West Perry Middle School.
The final round had 12 students, but only Braydon and Dante advanced to the championship round, where students answered the same three questions by writing their answers.
Both boys answered the first two questions correctly, but the win boiled down to the third — The Taklimakan Desert, home to the Uyghur people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?
Dante had answered incorrectly with Mongolia, but Braydon answered it correctly with China.
Braydon will advance to the next level of competition — a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize of a $50,000 college scholarship. The national competition will be in May in Washington D.C.
Eric Finkenbinder, meteorologist with abc27, was the guest moderator at West Perry’s bee.
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