STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A bounded eighth-grader is the alone Staten Island apprentice amid 100 New Yorkers to compete in a statewide cartography competition.
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Thirteen-year-old Ryan Desnick is aggressive in the additional annular of the National Geographic Bee, hosted by the Civic Geographic Society.
“He denticulate in the top 100, so now we go to Albany to go to the accompaniment finals with the added 99 children,” Fernandez said.
Desnick aboriginal won the antagonism at his school, Frank D. Paulo Intermediate Academy (I.S. 75) in Huguenot. He then took a condoning test and became one of the 100 top-scoring acceptance in New York State.
Desnick will attempt in the 2018 New York Civic Geographic Accompaniment Bee, which is the additional akin of the competition. He will travel to the New York Accompaniment Museum in Albany to attempt on Friday.
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For Desnick, cartography has consistently been a allotment of his activity while he was growing up.
“From the time he could talk, he consistently had a map and he’s consistently been actual absorbed in the places that are in the U.S. and in the apple and how we chronicle to them,” his mother, Lori Fernandez, explained.
For the competition, acceptance acknowledgment questions about geography, map questions, landmarks and more, and Desnick has been belief in preparation.
“He’s not nervous. I anticipate he’s aflame but he doesn’t appearance it. We’re absolutely aflame for him,” Fernandez said.
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She added that her son learns cartography through YouTube videos and several online quizzes.
“There’s some questions that are absolutely in-depth,” she said. “There’s aloof a account of a map, and you accept to acquisition the area of the burghal and blow the burghal on the map. Or they aloof accord you the account of a battleground and you accept to amount out area it is in the world.”
Students beyond the United States will additionally be aggressive in their own state’s bee, and the accompaniment best from anniversary will attempt as finalists in the Civic Geographic Bee Championship.
The championship will be captivated at Civic Geographic Society address May 20-23.
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The first-place civic best will accept a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime associates in the Civic Geographic Society, including a cable to Civic Geographic annual and an all-expenses-paid campaign to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Civic Geographic Endeavor II.
Second- and third-place finishers will accept $25,000 and $10,000 academy scholarships, respectively.
National Geographic will beck the final annular of the Civic Geographic Bee Championship at www.natgeobee.org.
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