A 6th grade student at Joanna Connell school is heading to the state semi-finals of the National Geographic geography bee. Kevin Hogan qualified for the second year in a row. He is one impressive kid, mostly because his love of geography comes so naturally.
His mother, Laurie Hogan is a teacher at his school. She says his geography aptitude didn't come from her, but it was evident very early. "He just came out of the womb that way, nobody ever taught him, that was just his thing. He walked around with an atlas from the time he could figure out what it was," said Hogan. Kevin would visit the school when he was as young as 3-years-old and quiz the teachers on facts and capitals of more than 90 countries.
Kevin won the school bee in 4th, 5th and 6th grade. He then took the required qualifying test to compete at the 2014 PA National Bee in Harrisburg April 4th. It's sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. For the second year in a row he's one of 100 kids in Pennsylvania hoping to do well there. Last year he placed 12th. This year he hopes to do even better. We asked about his study strategy. "There are books that have been published about it, fact books to prepare, so I'm using those," said Kevin. "Those are definitely a big help with lots of information on different countries, physical, political and environmental information about it, that's a big part of my study."
The winner goes on to the televised finals of the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.