by Lisa Tome
Matt Knorr knows what watching Jeopardy will get you.
For Knorr, the television game show helped him earn a trip to the state round of the National Geography Bee.
Knorr, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Rising Sun Middle School, is the school's winner of the annual contest sponsored by National Geographic.
"In sixth and seventh grade, I made it to the top 15 in the school but I wasn't here for the competition (finals)," said Knorr. "It's a hobby. I am fairly curious and like to know about different places."
For a teen, he is fairly well traveled. He's been to Alaska, seen the Space Needle in Seattle, and has spent time in both New York state and northern Pennsylvania.
In order to qualify to be tops in the school, he had to answer a 40 question test. That helped determine the top five in each grade level. He endured multiple rounds and felt he did well. On the 40 question test, he answered every question correctly.
"It wasn't really much of a challenge. Some (of the questions) were more challenging than others. But after thinking about it, the answer becomes obvious," Knorr said.
He collected a medal and certificate for the school level win.
He was also honored on the school announcements.
Before the school preliminary rounds, he took the daily online test provided by the National Geographic Society. He continues to do that as he prepares for the states. He said he scores an average of 8,500 or a possible 10,000 points each day.
"My family encouraged me. And I watched a lot of Jeopardy. It's my favorite game show," he said.
He is also watching more television. He said he likes to learn by watching the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet. "That's how I got interested in stuff like this," he said.
He is continuing to prepare for the states, which will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Community College of Baltimore in Catonsville. "I'm a combination of excited and nervous. I would love to win the trip to the Galapagos Islands. It's warm there," he said.
He is the son of Ed and Maryellen Knorr of North East.