State spelling bee champ wins geography bee as well

State Bee moderator Matthew Ward, geography bee champion Colin Aponte of Blue Hill and University of Maine-Farmington President Kathryn Foster at the April 6 statewide geography bee competition.

BLUE HILL — Scholastic news alert: Maine’s state spelling bee champ also won the state geography bee, which was held at the University of Maine-Farmington on April 6.

Colin Aponte, 13, a home-schooled student from Blue Hill, correctly answered “What is the name of Guyana’s largest port city on the mouth of the Demerara River?” (answer: Georgetown) to win the competition.

Aponte, the son of Juan and Louise, will represent Maine at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 20-23.

Aponte beat out 90 of Maine’s top students to compete in the final round of 10 in the geography bee.

Louise Aponte, Colin’s mother, said the questions ranged from U.S. states and countries to physical geography, environmental issues, animal species and current events.

The University of Maine-Farmington hosted the bee. College President Kathryn Foster presented Aponte with an acceptance letter to attend UMaine-Farmington as long as he finishes high school.

In March, Aponte correctly spelled “crescendo” to win the Maine State Spelling Bee at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

After representing Maine in the geography bee, Aponte will return to D.C. to compete in the National Spelling Bee from May 27-June 1.

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