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Top Lower Dauphin Middle School speller also wins Geography Bee

Posted 1/3/18

Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters knew that Ecuador was the smallest and most densely populated country on South America’s Pacific coast. That knowledge earned him the win …

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Top Lower Dauphin Middle School speller also wins Geography Bee

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Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters knew that Ecuador was the smallest and most densely populated country on South America’s Pacific coast. That knowledge earned him the win in the school’s annual Geography Bee.

Toby, the son of Pam and David Waters, won the school’s spelling bee the week before the Geography Bee. He is the school’s second student to win both bees in the same year, a feat last accomplished in the 2000-01 school year.

Toby outdueled eighth-grader Katie Estes in the first round of the championship tie-breaker after they were still deadlocked after the three championship questions. Katie is the daughter of Stephanie and Nathan Estes.

They emerged from the finals in which seven students competed for five rounds for the right to go one-on-one in the championship round. The bee started with 15 contestants who answered seven rounds of questions on topics ranging from states and continents to physical and historical geography and even state birds.

Toby will take a written exam later in the school year for a chance to represent the school at the state geography bee April 6.

“This is a very challenging contest,” said Maria Miller, 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.”

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