Boardman Glenwood Middle School sixth-grader Pranav Padmanabhan participated in the Ohio Geographic Bee held Friday, March 30 at the Mansfield Branch campus of the Ohio State University, after extensive preparation both at home and at school. Pranav had the opportunity to compete against the 99 top geography students in the state.
The process began with students all over the state taking part in the preliminary round, which consists of 80 questions ranging from map locations to economic and physical geography, The 10 high scorers in the school then take a 100 question test where the student with the highest score qualifies to take the state level exam. consisting of 70 multiple choice questions. From that test, the top 100 scores in the state are invited to participate in the state bee in Mansfield.
As a sixth-grade student, Pranav was one of only four qualifiers in his preliminary group of 20 students to make it through all eight rounds without a single missed question. That score allowed him to advance to a tie-breaker round where he successfully completed another two rounds. That feat landed him in the final round of competition against nine other student qualifiers. The winner of
that final round would then be crowned state champion.
In the final round of competition, Pranav completed another two rounds without missing a single question. As a result, he finished the bee with 12 consecutive rounds without a single incorrect answer, although he would eventually be
eliminated before accomplishing his goal of becoming state champion.