Conrady Student Makes Second Consecutive Trip to State Geography Bee
In all the years Grant Griffith has been teaching social studies at Conrady Junior High School, he has never had a student win consecutive SCHOOL geography bees.
Peter Onjack not only won consecutive school geography bees, but the eighth grader will also compete in his second consecutive Illinois State Geography Bee on March 31 at Illinois State University.
The event is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion.
"Peter is a role-model student," Griffith said. "He's a sponge. He's the kind of kid you want on your team playing Trivial Pursuit. He's just a great kid."
Peter, 14, said he has always been interested in maps and "they have always been around our house."
"I enjoy looking at boundaries and city planning and density issues," he said. "Last year, I got a question wrong pertaining to population density."
Peter said he is excited about advancing to the State competition again this year and will spend probably the same 15 minutes each night studying as he did last year.
He said he will know going in to this year's State contest what to expect from last year. "I'll have a better idea what to study for and what to expect," Peter said. "There's also an app that I downloaded last year and will do so again this year that is helpful."
Students will answer questions that could include: Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates? Answer: Cambodia.
Peter's parents are Laura and Chris Onjack. He said both his parents are proud of his accomplishment and will accompany him to the State contest.