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Vail area fifth grader wins geography bee

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EAGLE-VAIL – Kaitlyn Knapp not only knows what it is, she knows where it is.

Knapp is a fifth-grade student at Homestake Peak School and won the school-level round of the National Geographic Bee. Fifth graders Ryan Huck and Phoebe Walters came in second and third places, respectively.

What you really want to know is Knapp’s winning question

“The Potomac River rises in the Allegheny Plateau and empties into what large bay?”

She knew that it’s Chesapeake Bay, and I bet you didn’t know that.

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Because Knapp knew that, and a whole bunch of other stuff, she now has a shot at a $50,000 college scholarship.

Homestake Peak’s school-level bee was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. It’s for students in grades 4-8.

The event is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Google.

Knapp now advance to the next level of competition, a written exam to determine the state competitors. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the exam will compete at the Colorado state competition on April 4.

The state champion will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Bee May 19-21. In addition to the scholarship, the national champion will receive a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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