2 area students in state geography bee

Two Tiffin eighth-graders have qualified for the state geography bee.

Isaac Best from Calvert and Pranav Parsi of Tiffin Middle School have qualified to compete in the 2013 Ohio National Geographic Bee today.

The two won their respective school-level competitions.

School-level winners had to take a 60-70 question test to qualify. The tests were submitted to the National Geographic Society and the 100 top scorers were selected to compete at the state level.

“I am excited, but nervous at the same time,” Parsi said. “I like challenging myself and have been studying with different maps.”

Best and Parsi also share a desire to travel and see different parts of the world.

Parsi, who wants to pursue a career in medicine, hopes to visit Europe.

“I love all the unique things about each country and their different cultures and languages,” Parsi said. “I am going to do my best to get all the information I can.”

Best has a love of animals and wants to study zoology in college. He would like to study animals in the Sahara Desert and African savannas.

He has been studying by using the National Geographic quiz online and maps and globes, but said that he hasn’t had a lot of time to study since the results came back.

“I have learned that I am good at guessing and I have also learned to listen to the questions carefully because there are hints to the answers,” Best said.

The competition will be held at Grandview Heights High School in Columbus.

The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic” on DVD, and a trip to Washington D.C., to represent Ohio in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters May 20-23. The national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.

“Honestly, I just hope to win and to go to a place I’ve always wanted to visit,” Best said.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild will air the final round of the bee May 23, which will be moderated by Alex Trebek.