Edgartown eighth grader finds his place in geography bee

Photo by Michelle Gross

Jackson Crocker, an eighth grader at the Edgartown School, won the school’s geography bee Thursday in a competition against nine other semi-finalists. For his knowledge and coolness under pressure, he earned the right to try for state honors.

Students in grades four through eight competed in a preliminary round. The other competitors were fourth graders Ashley Brasefield and Bethany Cordoza; fifth-graders Desiree London and Dylan Burke; sixth graders Spencer Pogue and Gregory Pyden; seventh graders Matheus Brito and Hollis Kelly; and eighth grader Audrey McCarron. All the competitors won an atlas for their efforts.

The questions were tough, ranging from the name of a southern state named after a French king (Louisiana), and the Asian country that is home to the Uyghur people (China).

Jackson has a few more geography questions to answer before he can compete in the National Geography bee in Washington D.C., sponsored by the National Geographic Society. He can take a written test to qualify for the state competition, then he must be the top geography whiz among 100 state finalists, before competing at the national level.