Emilie Lapouble Qualifies to State GeoBee Competition
Did you know that there is a beach in Canada where the sand makes an interesting swish noise that they call singing sand? Another interesting fact is that New Zealand was the last habitable land mass to be populated, which began happening in the 14th century.
Those are just a couple of the bits of information that Emilie Lapouble, fifth grade student, is studying to compete in the State’s National Geographic GeoBee to be hosted at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville on March 27. The top 100 students in Florida qualified to participate.
In January, Emilie won the MVA GeoBee, besting tough competition in grades four through eight beating a sixth and eighth grade student for the title.
“In third grade, I saw the first GeoBee and decided that I wanted to win it when I had the chance to compete,” said Emilie. “I like learning about others’ culture and how many other cultures there are. To prepare for the MVA GeoBee I used the GeoBee app and YouTube videos. The app has 15 rounds of questions that start easy and get harder in a time frame. On YouTube, I watched full profiles about countries. I’ve seen 120 and there are 193 profiles.”
She will continue to use the GeoBee app and videos to prepare, and she’s hoping to talk with people from other countries to learn more as well. “I’ve got a lot of studying to do to prepare! I’m excited about competing and I know I have a lot of work to do. I hope to someday work at the United Nations to learn about people and what’s going on in the world.”
"It has been a really easy journey as Emilie is naturally intrigued as well as passionate for the affairs of the world, " said Ramona and Pierre Lapouble, Emilie's parents. "Emilie has been receiving lots of morral support from her peers at MVA as well as guidance from the staff. As the proud parents of Emilie, we have learned that Emilie has greatness within and are enjoying watching her successfully graduate to the next levels."
We wish Emilie the best on her journey to the State GeoBee!