Knoll wins geography bee

Do you know which country is home to the neighboring cities of Rabat and Sale, which were a center for Barbary pirates from the 1500s through about 1830?

Because eighth-grader Grant Knoll knew the answer was Morocco, he?s this year?s geography bee champion at Hillsboro Middle School.

Correct answers, whether oral or written, were rare for the 10 sixth-through-eighth-graders who qualified to compete in the finals.

How difficult were the questions? Contest rules state that a final round particpant can miss two questions before being eliminated. All but four returned to their seats after the first two, which dealt with U.S. geography.

Joining Knoll among the survivors were Taytum Miller, Claire Heyen and defending champion Jakob Hanschu.

Twenty-nine questions later, the two boys made it to the championship round, where the focus turned to world geography. Twenty-three questions into that round, Knoll delivered the winning answer.

School winners can advance to state competition if they score well enough on a written test.

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