News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 12, 2018
Blue Hill homeschooler takes State Geography Bee
Readies for national championships

The geography bee champ

Colin Aponte, middle, receives his championship award from State Bee moderator Matthew Ward and University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn Foster.

Photo courtesy of Louise Aponte

by Monique Labbe

Fresh off a championship win in the Maine State Spelling Bee last month, Blue Hill home-schooled eighth grader Colin Aponte notched a second title onto his belt with a win in the Maine State Geography Bee April 6.

After several rounds against 100 students, Aponte made it through to the final round. With one competitor between him and the championship, Aponte faced the winning question: “What is the name of Guyana’s largest port city on the mouth of the Demerara River?”

The answer? Georgetown.

In addition to winning entrance into the National Geography Bee next month, Aponte also won $200, a National Geographic atlas, a medal and pin, and a college acceptance letter to the University of Maine at Farmington. The acceptance letter was awarded by UMaine Farmington president Kathryn Foster, who hosted the bee and was a Geography major herself.

The next several weeks will be busy for Aponte, as the studying for both the National Geography Bee and the National Spelling Bee commence. First up is the geography bee, scheduled for May 20-May 23 in Washington, D.C. Aponte will only have a few days before returning to the nation’s capital for the spelling bee, scheduled for May 27-June 1.