Will Erens made it past 14 schoolmates in Northbrook Junior High’s first-ever GeoBee in February, and breezed through the state qualifying online test. His next challenge will be at the state contest on March 31 in Normal, IL.
Will said he began studying geography facts a couple years ago through a website, Sporcle, which calls itself the “World’s Largest Trivia Quiz Website.” He hopes his interest will carry him through the state contest, where he will face up to 100 top-scoring students, to nationals.
“I just find geography interesting. There’s a lot to it,” Will said.
The National Geographic Society organizes the nationwide competition for students in fourth- through eighth-grade. All students have to win the school event and then score highly on the computer test. Social studies teachers Jason Piechowiak and Megan Yuhas organized the school event.
"We are so impressed with Will’s performance and we cannot wait to hear how he does at the state level," Ms. Yuhas said.. "He really set the tone for this competition, as it is the first time NBJH has participated in the National Geography Bee."
“Will has always demonstrated a curiosity for learning in school, especially in the area of Social Studies,” said Principal Dr. Scott Meek. “Fortunately he’s had the opportunity to showcase some of his knowledge this month in the Geography Bee as well as the Youth Commission’s Quiz Bowl. We’re incredibly proud of Will’s accomplishments and wish him the best of luck at the State competition!”