Eighth-grader wins geographic bee

Eighth-grader Shawn Daniel took the title at the 26th National Geographic Society’s Geographic Bee at Tiffin Middle School Thursday.

TMS held preliminary classroom rounds, with more than 660 students participating. The field was then narrowed to 10 finalists.

Daniel is to participate in a written exam as part of the next level of competition. The exam is about 50 questions and is to help determine the winners who are to compete in the state’s competition April 4 in Columbus. Daniel also received a medal and is to have his name engraved on a plaque to be displayed at the school.

Second place went to sixth-grader Addison Morlock and third place went to sixth-grader Chloe Mack.

During a tie-breaker round, Daniel bested Morlock with the question “What is the term for melted rock beneath Earth’s surface that could erupt as lava?” Daniel’s answer for the win, “Magma.”

Daniel said he was nervous during the competition, but said he “felt pretty good about winning.”

The student who wins the state competition is to go on to the national competition in May in Washington, D.C. The national champion is to receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Although Daniel said he doesn’t have any idea on where he would want to go to college, he said he would be really happy to win.

To prepare for the competition, Daniel said he read over his history book and studied many maps.

His parents, Scott and Jennifer Daniel, described him as a quiet student.

“I am very proud of him,” Jennifer said

The other students competing included sixth-grader Kirsten Egbert; seventh-graders Gavin Robison and Trevor McCarthy; and eighth-graders Jacob Charlton, Andrew Taylor and Toby Ramsdell.

Bee moderator and score keeper was Tiffin City Schools gifted education coordinator Paula Zirm; reader Keith Hodkinson, president and general manager of seneca

countyradio.com; and time keeper and judge Joe Moore, director of the International Cultural Center.

National Geographic Society’s Geographic Bee, now in its 26th year, is for students in fourth through eighth grades in schools across the United States and in five U.S. territories including the Department of Defense schools.

The Tiffin Middle School bee was sponsored by the Office of Gifted Education, the International Cultural Center and Tiffin Middle School.