Chester resident advances to State Geography Bee finals

Zach Perkins, son of Robert and Diane Perkins and an eighth grader at Matoaca Middle School, has qualified to represent the school in the State Geography Bee, which will be held at Shenandoah University on April 9.

Upon winning the school bee in January, Zach joined other local winners across the state in taking a written exam. By scoring among the top 100 students in Virginia, Zach has earned the right to compete for the state title. All state winners will earn a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Bee, which will be moderated by Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. The National Geographic Society developed the Bee in 1989 as a tool to promote geographic literacy among fourth through eighth graders.

“I’ve always been interested in geography. I started studying maps in third or fourth grade,” Zach said. “Interestingly, I haven’t done a lot of travel myself. Ohio and New York are the farthest places I’ve visited.”

Zach is anxiously awaiting acceptance news from the specialty centers. He has applied to Clover Hill, Monacan and L.C Bird. His home school would be Thomas Dale.

Zach’s teacher and Geography Bee coordinator at Matoaca is Reginald Snyder, who will accompany Zach to the state competition.


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