Summit eighth grader wins school Geography Bee, now headed to state

Summit eighth grader Grant Desch stands in front of a map of Europe.

Summit eighth grader Grant Desch secured the top spot in the annual bee on Jan. 22 in Kyte Theater and earned a spot in state competition.

Summit eighth grader Grant Desch, Dayton, Ky., flipped a whiteboard around, displaying his answer during the championship round of this year’s Harold C. Schott Middle School Geography Bee at The Summit Country Day School.

His reply of Stockholm secured the top spot in the annual bee on Jan. 22 in Kyte Theater and earned him a spot in state competition. Classmate Matthew Langenderfer, Montgomery, finished in second place.

Grant will compete in the Ohio state geography bee sponsored by the Ohio Geographic Alliance. Should he score well, Grant will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. 
Every year, the entire Harold C. Schott Middle School takes an 80-question geography test. The top ten scorers advance to the Summit Middle School Geography Bee in which they answer oral questions.  

The other participants in the bee included Nate Borman, eighth grade, Anderson Township; Joey DiPaola, seventh grade, Columbia-Tusculum; sixth grader Aaron Fraley, sixth grade, Covington, Ky.; Alek Stanisic, eighth grader, Hyde Park; Brett Maples, eighth grade, Amelia; Kyle Lauckner, eighth grade, Mt. Carmel; TJ  LaMacchia, eighth grade, Hyde Park; Tarek Hasan, eighth grade, Hyde Park.