Crompond Student to Compete in State Geography Bee

Glen Capshaw, holding globe, with his classmates Credits: Yorktown Central School District

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Fourth grader Glen Capshaw will put his geography knowledge to the test later this month against other young geography buffs at the New York State National Geographic Bee.

It is the first time in the Crompond Elementary School’s history that a student has won a place to compete in the National Geographic Bee, said Principal Lori Roberts.

“We are very proud of Glen, but not surprised. He knows a great deal about geography,” Roberts said.

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His knowledge has made him well-known at Crompond Elementary School and also has put the school on the map for its geography accomplishment.

“When we have a geography question we know who to ask,” said his teacher, Mindy Spiridigliozzi. “He is very passionate about geography and makes it a point to research questions and share books with his classmates.”

Glen said he has been interested in geography since he was about 5 years old and has at least eight globes at home, including an illuminated one with a light inside.

“I just like reading about places and knowing where they are,” he said, when asked to explain his passion for geography. He won an online qualifying test after winning earlier classroom and school-wide geography bees.

What are some of the most difficult geography questions he has faced? (Answers below)

  1. What is the highest peak in Colorado?
  2. What country is north of Nicaragua?
  3. Where is the Lake of the Ozarks?

The New York State competition will take place Friday, March 31 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Answers: 1: Mount Elbert; 2: Honduras; 3: Missouri

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