Independence School 8th grader to compete in nat'l GeoBee

By Jim Hilgen 6:43am, May 20, 2013 - Updated 10:03am, May 20, 2013
Kevin Orzada, a 14-year-old from Townsend, wins at the state geographic bee
A Newark eighth grader is representing Delaware in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. this week.

WDEL's Jim Hilgen has more.

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Kevin Orzada of the Independence School beat out students from around the state to go to the national competition.

He says most of his prep for the contest takes place in an old-fashioned way, at the school library.

"They have the Encyclopedia of World Geography, and then I went through it, through all the countries, and then I wrote down all the facts that I could about each country into a notebook," says Orzada.

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He says with a lot of information to to learn there is a secret to his success.

"Memorizing it is important, but I feel like memorizing it is easier when I'm really interested in it, and I'm interested in it, so it's just easier that way," says Orzada.

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Fifty-four students compete in the National Geographic Bee Monday and Tuesday, with the 10 finalists meeting Wednesday for the final round.

The GeoBee airs on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD Thursday.

Here's the video Kevin made as part of the national competition:

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