By Nikki Metzger
(Victor Valley)– Alexander Alaniz of Riverside Preparatory School in Oro Grande is celebrating a great accomplishment – he competed and won first place in the school’s Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic.
After winning the geography bee he was invited to test with other students in order to qualify to go to the state finals. Scoring in the top 100 students at the state level, Alaniz was the only student from San Bernardino County to earn a place in the California Geography Bee, held in Sacramento on April 1, 2011.
“A Geography Bee is like a spelling bee. They ask geographical questions instead of how to spell words. Students are asked questions pertaining to U.S. geography, world geography, current events, and basically anything that is in an atlas,” explained Tamara Alaniz, Alexander’s mother.
The California Geography Bee was held at Cosumnes Community college in Sacramento. “Alexander did really well, but he didn’t win the state bee. However, he was the only representative from San Bernardino County. So he’s the champion of San Bernardino County!” said Tamara.
13 year old Alexander has always been interested in geography, according to his mom. “He’s interested in maps; he does computer activities that are mapping activities. He’s very intelligent. He’s really well rounded.”
When asked about what Alexander’s future may hold, Tamara explained, “He has an interest in engineering. And also he’s interested in the military. He’s in the Cadet Corp, he’s a squadron leader and a corporal. He’s in the band, plays trombone. He’s a good student, gets good grades. He’s also involved in fencing.”
Congratulations to the Geography Bee Champion of San Bernardino County!