ACDS eight-grader heads to National Geographic GeoBee a fourth time

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Can you name the world's tallest mountain? What about Italy's longest river? These are questions fourth through eighth graders might have to tackle at this year's National Geographic Geo Bee.

An Alexandria Country Day School eighth-grader is brushing up on his facts as he prepares to take on the state championship for the fourth time.

13-year-old Ryan Monroe has been his school's GeoBee champion four times in a row, landing him a spot in Baton Rouge each year.

National Geographic created the annual competition to inspire and reward student curiosity about the world.

State level winner will head to Washington D.C. to compete in nationals. The first place winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and $1,000 in cash.

Monroe placed last year and can't wait to try again.

"The second year I made it to where you get to go up, I made it like sixth, I think," Monroe said. "Last year, I got second and I am hoping to get first this year. I just like reading maps."

Monroe heads to Baton Rouge for states on March 29.

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