“It’s something I can remember, and it’s entertaining for me — I don’t know why,” he said.
His preference for the concrete over the abstract is likely part of it.
As Karen says, “geography doesn’t change much.”
“It only changes in that the magnetic North Pole moves,” Christopher noted in response.
In the geography bee at his school, AuSable Valley Central, Christopher said one of the year’s hardest questions concerned a group of islands shared by Argentina and another country.
Students had to correctly select the second country.
“I said Chile and got it right,” he said.
Since he knew that Chile bordered on Argentina, he had made an educated guess.
The joke at school, he added, is “when in doubt, say Australia.”
To prepare for the contests, Christopher has studied maps and downloaded the National Geographic app for his tablet.
His parents have been quizzing him on state capitals.
The New York National Geographic Bee takes place April 5 at the New York State Museum in Albany.
As to Christopher’s success in making it there, Karen said, “Nobody’s really surprised, but we are very proud of him.”