Jacob Tanner, 13, from Saline, Michigan will go to Washington D.C. to participate in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. He’s a student at Saline Middle School. He recently spoke with Michigan Radio’s Jenn White. Here’s the interview.
This week, 54 of the nation’s brightest young people will compete for a top prize of a $25,000 in college scholarship money and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The finalists are all winners of their state-level geographic bees. Tanner says winning the competition would be the biggest accomplish of his life so far.
Tanner prepares for the GeoBee with his teachers and parents and says making up rhymes helps him retain information.
"A couple days ago I was studying the geography of Germany, so I just made all the cities that I needed to remember into a rhyme."
In addition to knowing the names of cities and countries, Tanner says he also has to know a lot about science and economics.
In his free time, Tanner says he likes to "read books, play video games, go on the internet, those kinds of things." And when he grows up, Jacob says he wants to be a professor.