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Eighth-grader wins Lower Dauphin Middle School Geography Bee

Posted 12/21/18

In the fifth tie-breaker round, Lower Dauphin Middle School eighth-grader Toby Waters’ knowledge of Iceland proved to be the difference in winning the school’s annual Geography Bee on …

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Eighth-grader wins Lower Dauphin Middle School Geography Bee

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In the fifth tie-breaker round, Lower Dauphin Middle School eighth-grader Toby Waters’ knowledge of Iceland proved to be the difference in winning the school’s annual Geography Bee on Dec. 7.

He became the third middle school student to win in back-to-back years and the fourth two-time winner.

Toby and second-place finisher Rudy Anthony, a fellow eighth-grader, were tied after the three championship questions and needed five rounds of sudden victory questions to crown a champion. Seventh-grader Annabell Riordan was third after falling in the first round to determine the championship duo. Toby, Rudy and Annabell were declared the three finishers after six rounds with a field of seven finalists.

The bee started with 20 contestants who answered seven rounds of questions on topics ranging from states and continents to physical and historical geography.

Toby will take a written exam later in the school year for a chance to represent the school at the state geography bee March 29.

“This is a very challenging contest,” said Johnathon Breininger, middle school assistant principal and bee moderator. “It takes a lot to make it through to the final round – confidence, patience, concentration, and, of course, a whole lot of geographical knowledge.”