PHES student wins third in State Geography Bee |

PHES student wins third in State Geography Bee

Staff reports

Collin Kamholz got his friends and family into the act, and as a result, the hard work of practicing for the State Geography Bee earned him third place in the state.

Collin is a 6th grader at Pinon Hills Elementary School and won that school’s first place Geography Bee title in January. On April 9, he and his family and a friend traveled to Las Vegas where he competed in the State Geography Bee at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“I was excited and nervous,” Collin said of the competition.

He had to answer some pretty tough questions. One of the questions he answered successfully was, “The capital city of Nigeria was moved to Abuga from what city?”

The questions dealt with cultural, historical, political, physical and regional geography, and Collin prepared by studying various types of geography books and atlases, with his friends and family members quizzing him.

The competition was set up with 105 students divided into five different rooms. The students had to answer eight questions as judges weeded out the top 10 finalists.

Collin was the only one to get all eight right in the preliminaries. Students who missed two questions were eliminated in the final round, and he was one of the last three in the contest.

Collins said he likes to study about the world and look at different places in the world. He cites Paris or Australia as two of the places he would like to visit.

He plans to enter next year’s Geography Bee when he attends Carson Valley Middle School as a 7th grader.

By the way, the answer to the question is “Lagos.”