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IPS sixth grader tests his geographical knowledge against peers from around the globe

Brody Herrmann, a sixth grader at Rousseau McClellan School 91, recently expanded his knowledge of geography when he competed in the Elementary and Middle School National Championships of the International Academic Competitions.

Herrmann joined about 1,200 students from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Poland on June 17-19in Orlando, Fla. He participated in the International Geography Bee with three other elementary students. There were 164 students in his division.

While he didn’t come away with any trophies, the young student enjoyed his experience.

“It was really fun, especially because I got to go to Florida,” he said. “I love geography because I get to study different places around the world. I love to travel and to know about the places where I will travel. It was fun competing against other kids from lots of places.” 

To be eligible for competition, Herrmann first took an online exam to qualify for a regional event in May, where he scored in the top 25%. His score qualified him to attend both the National and World Championships of the International Geography Bee.

However, because his age would place extra restrictions on his participation, Herrmann has opted not to compete in July’s World Championship in Vermont.  

Rousseau McClellan’s principal is not surprised about Herrmann’s deep expertise in geography.

“I have told him he needs to tutor me in geography because it is a strength for him, and it is not much of one for me,” said Principal Kathy Lause. “Beyond being a geography expert, Brody is kind, funny and thoughtful. He is a loyal friend and a hard worker. We are so glad to have him in our school community.”