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Morgantown seventh-grader wins bee second year in a row

Local - 4/5/2013 5:57 PM by Karen Franklin

ATHENS - A Morgantown middle school student is now a two-time state geography bee champion.

Seventh grader Andrew Christy, who won the 2012 title, took home a first place prize Friday in the 2013 statewide National Geographic Bee.

"I thought I was having a dream because I usually have dreams like that," Christy said about last year's win. "It's weird."

By Christy's side were brothers Jacob and Andy Braun. Andy, the 2010 winner, was cheering on his younger brother.

"I'm trying to live up my brother's footsteps, but if I don't, I'm much more well rounded at school subjects than him."

Many students told WOAY the key to studying is constantly looking at maps and reading the news. Jacob Braun had his own tricks.

"Just place maps in precarious places that you'll look every day," he told WOAY. "While you're brushing your teeth, you can learn the countries of Africa."

Andy Braun, who wore his geographic bee collard shirt, reflected on his 2010 win.

"It felt really good," he said. "I became a local celebrity at my school. Everyone tried to stunt me on capital questions like, 'Oh, what's the capital of Italy? I'm like guys, that's easy. It's Rome.'"

About 75 fourth through eighth graders participated. Christy will advance to the national event hosted by Alex Trebek in late May.


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