National Geographic Bee finalists include student from Gaithersburg


Adam Rusak from Gaithersburg is a finalist in the National Geographic Geography Bee. (Photo by Laura Wallach)
May 23, 2012

Which national capital in Asia is the farthest west?

For the answer to that and all other geography questions, the Washington area has its go-to kid. He’s Adam Rusak, 13, and on Tuesday he made it into the finals of the 2012 National Geographic Bee. Adam, an eighth-grader at Lakelands Park Middle School in Gaithersburg, will compete against nine other kids Thursday to become the bee champion at National Geographic headquarters in Washington.

Adam told us that he has loved geography ever since he was 4, “when I received my first map of the United States. It’s also the year I memorized all the state capitals.”

Adam wants to be a meteorologist when he grows up because “I’m really interested in looking at weather, especially storms.”

And is Adam, who studied as much as three hours a day to prepare for the bee, nervous about today? “Not too much. I feel like I’ve prepared well.”

As for that national capital? It’s Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

The finals of the geography bee will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday on the National Geographic Channel. Tune in to see if Adam wins!

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