by Lisa Tome
Nick Zipparo won't ever forget his family's vacation in Crater Lake, Oregon.
That trip and what he learned while there earned Zipparo a place in the state level National Geography Bee competition.
Zipparo, a seventh grader at Rising Sun Middle School, will represent the school in the state contest.
He has already completed the in school portion of the bee. He has taken written exams, testing his knowledge of local, state, and world geography. He was among the top five in his grade and then advanced to earn the right to represent the school.
"Some of the questions were easy, and some were hard," said Zipparo. But the one that decided whether Zipparo would represent the school was regarding the loction of Crater Lake.
"I went there a couple years ago on vacation," he said.
Winning the school portion wasn't enough. He then had to take a 70 question quiz to determine if he would qualify for the state bee.
"The questions were harder but then I got the letter (that he had earned his place in states)," said Zipparo.
Zipparo's success locally, has earned him a trip to the state level of the National Geography Bee. On April 4, he will compete at the Community College of Baltimore for a chance to move on to the national level.
"I haven't done anything yet to study. But I like Geography. It interests me. There is a website where I can study," he said.
If Zipparo earns a trip to nationals, he will compete in Washington, D.C. in May.
"I would like to go to the nationals," he said. "I don't have that much pressure on me. I just feel like I will do my best and try my hardest like I do in all my classes."
He is the son of Mike and Sonia Zipparo of Elkton.