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Local 8th Grader Heads to National Geography Bee for 3rd Time

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Andrew Christy after winning the Geography Bee at St. Francis Catholic School for the third year in a row. Andrew Christy after winning the Geography Bee at St. Francis Catholic School for the third year in a row.
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Representing your school in the State Geography Bee is a big deal. Doing it three years in a row is an even bigger deal. One student is even heading to the National Geographic Bee in Washington DC on May 19.

"In fifth grade the teacher announced that we were having a Geography Bee. I had no idea what that was," said Andrew Christy, an 8th grader at St. Francis Catholic School in Morgantown. "I did pretty well so I thought it would be cool to keep going. And I did keep going. I got the second in the school and then I won the school from 6th through 8th grade."

Christy hasn't just won his school Geography Bee. He's gone on to be the West Virginia State Champ for the past three years.

Becoming a Geography Bee champion takes a lot of preparation and studying.

"I have a bunch of atlases, and I would look at those, and the globe," said Christy. "I do online quizzes. My mom would print off lists of stuff, like biggest cities, and I would look at those."

Christy's social studies teacher said he has a lot of talent.

He's made it in the top 50 percent of the Bee for the past three years and continues to learn from his mistakes.

"Last year there was a question about the Gulf of Fonseca, which is between El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua," Christy said. "I don't know what I said for that answer but it was wrong, and I got that one wrong."

Christy knows all about the Gulf of Fonseca now. He's prepared to answer that question, if he's ever faced with it again.

He's hoping he can make it into the top ten in this year's bee.

If you'd like to keep track of Christy during the National Geographic Bee it will be broadcast live on Nat Geo.