Callahan Bryer, an eighth-grader at Emerson School, racks his brain during the final round of the school’s Geography Bee. Bryer won the competition, advancing to the statewide event on April 6. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SAMUEL SHEPHERD

Bryer is two-time geography champ

BAR HARBOR — Ten students from Emerson School battled it out in the school’s library Thursday with the goal of becoming the school’s Geography Bee champion. Eighth-grader Callahan Bryer won the day, successfully defending his 2017 school title.

Contestants were chosen to compete in the school’s final competition after preliminary competitions in their classes. There were two fifth-graders, two sixth-graders, three seventh-graders and three eighth-graders in the school finals. National Geography Bee rules allow no more than 10 students to be involved.

The students answered questions dealing with the U.S. interstate highway system, world geography and major locations in each state. Participants were eliminated if they answered two questions wrong.

The question that tripped up the greatest number of contestants dealt with El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System. Three contestants were eliminated for incorrectly identifying where it was.

Bryer and Lillian Swan, a seventh-grader, advanced to a head-to-head final round. Bryer answered one of three final questions correctly, good enough to win.

Bryer advances to the statewide competition at the University of Maine at Farmington on April 6. Winners at that event get the chance to compete in the National Geography Bee, where the winner receives $50,000 and a trip paid for by the National Geographic Society.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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