3 to test geography prowess

April 01, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Three Carroll County students will be competing in the statewide National Geographic Geography Bee tomorrow at Bowie State University.

One of them, Patrick Jacobs of Mount Airy, won the statewide championship last year and competed at the national contest in Washington.

Patrick, a seventh-grader at the McDonogh School in Randallstown, lives in Mount Airy and is the son of Van and Patricia Jacobs of Mapleville Road.

Another veteran is Kristoffer D. Thompson, a West Middle School eighth-grader who competed in the statewide contest when he was in sixth grade.

Kristoffer is the son of Richard and Diane Thompson of Green Mill Road in Finksburg.

Matthew Coyle, a Mount Airy Elementary School fourth-grader, also will go on to the state competition tomorrow. Matthew is the son of Richard J. and Melissa Coyle of Mount Airy.

The three boys qualified by winning geography bees at their schools, then took an additional written exam to qualify for the state bee.

North Carroll and East middle schools and Charles Carroll Elementary each had geography bees in their school levels, but winners there did not qualify for the state contest.

Patrick Jacobs last year advanced to the semifinal stage of the national bee, missing a question on which language is spoken by Afrikaners in South Africa. The answer is Dutch.

Patrick did win the miniature golf tournament that the youngsters participated in between phases of the competition.

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