Long Beach Middle School student wins MS National Geographic Geo Bee

A Long Beach Middle School student is mapping out his future and preparing to represent South Mississippi in the National Geographic Geo Bee. The bee is set to take place in our nation’s capital next month.

News 25’s Toni Miles caught up with Jacob Holland and the teachers who are helping him prepare for the national stage.

Monday’s world geography lesson focused on relations between the western and eastern hemisphere several decades ago, but it was a question centered on a region in South America that landed Long Beach Middle School student Jacob Holland the top spot in the Mississippi National Geographic Geo Bee on April 6th. “Which city at the Chief Port of Guyana is located at the mouth of the Demerara River? The answer was Georgetown.”

It was this answer in a sudden death round that scored Jacob the top prize, edging out another South Mississippi student from Anniston Elementary School for first place in the state competition. “It was kind of a new experience I would say. I’m not used to being in front of that many people, answering. There’s kind of a lot of pressure on you. My mom had promised me something if I won and I was like, I am going to get,” said Jacob.

Jacob credits his teachers for helping him pave the way to these new heights of success.  World Geography Teacher Maggie Clover said, “Often times, teachers like to teach the way they were taught and we’re finding now with the advancement of technology and the way students learn nowadays, you just can’t do that. In my class, I try to make every lesson hands on.”

Jacob’s parents rewarded him for his recent win and now this middle school student has his eye on a higher prize: winning the National Geographic Geo Bee set for May 20th through the 23rd in Washington, D.C. and a bet with his mother if he wins the national title. “I really, really want a Jeep Wrangler. She said it would be a used one. I also heard that the prize is $50,000 in scholarships and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.”

The entire school is pulling for him.

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