Boardman Glenwood Middle School seventh-grader Pranav Padmanabhan participated in the Ohio Geographic Bee on Friday, April 5, held at Grandview Heights High School in Columbus. After extensive preparation both at home and at school, Pranav had the opportunity to compete against the 99 top geography students in the state. This is the second consecutive year that Pranav finished in the top ten 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 seventh-grade student, Pranav was one of only two 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 double-elimination final round of competition, Pranav completed another two rounds without missing a single question then successfully navigated through an additional seven rounds of competition before being eliminated. As a result, he finished the bee by correctly answering 18 questions that covered a wide variety of geographic topics. Although he did not accomplish his goal of becoming state champion, Pranav said he found the experience invaluable. He said he will continue to work hard over the course of the next year where he hopes to have the opportunity to compete once again against the top geography students in the state.