Michael Metcalf wins Tisbury School Geography Bee

Social studies teacher Reuben Fitzgerald (left) with seventh grade geography bee winner Michael Metcalf. — Photo courtesy of Tisbury School

The answer “China” cinched seventh-grader Michael Metcalf’s win at Tisbury School’s 2014 National Geographic Society Geography Bee last week. The final competition on Jan. 29 included eight students from grades 5 to 8.

Michael defeated fifth-grader Nathaniel Porterfield in the championship round by correctly answering the question, “The Taklimakan Desert, home to the Uyghur people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?”

The National Geographic Society hosts the National Geography Bee, now in its 26th year, for students in thousands of schools nationwide. After winning his school competition, Michael took a written exam that will determine whether he will compete as one of 100 finalists at the state level.

Each state winner is invited to Washington in May for the national finals, where he or she will compete for a $25,000 grand prize scholarship, awarded by the National Geographic Society.