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O'Brien impresses at geography bee


Represents Tantasqua at state competition



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Conor O’Brien, an eighth grader at Tantasqua Regional Junior High School, participated in the Massachusetts Geography Bee on Friday, April 1. O’Brien has won school geography bees in three consecutive years. (click for larger version)
April 04, 2011
STURBRIDGE — State capitals, rivers, landmarks, and mountains — geography encompasses a vast array of subjects and it takes a lot of studying to become a whiz.

Conor O'Brien, of Sturbridge, can officially call himself a geography whiz after winning the Tantasqua Regional Junior High School geography bee and participating in the state competition on Friday, April 1.

O'Brien, a 14-year-old eighth grader at TRJHS, has won three school geography bees in as many years. He outlasted his opponents at last year's junior high school competition, and also won the Burgess Elementary School geography bee as a sixth grader. On Friday, he brought his extensive knowledge of longitudes and latitudes, as well as several international capital cities, to Clark University in Worcester, where he faced off with 99 other students in the 2011 Massachusetts Geography Bee.

O'Brien wound up performing the best among the 20 students in his preliminary round bracket, answering seven out of eight questions correctly. Unfortunately, 10 students in other brackets answered all eight questions correctly and moved on to the next round.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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