LHWHS sophomore Max Yang placed first in the Junior Varsity division of the 2020 International Geography Bee’s U.S. National Competition in December.
The competition, which featured a fast-paced buzzer format, tested participants’ knowledge of political, physical, and cultural geography from around the world.
The event was the culmination of almost a year of preparation for more than 600 competitors, who took the initial qualifying tests in the spring of 2020.
Max’s win came in a nail-biter final round, as he started in last among the six finalists, but clinched the victory at the end.
His achievement makes him the first student from Missouri to win the International Geography Bee.
In November, Max also placed third in the United States Geographic Championships, a similar competition that placed more emphasis on the analytical aspect of geography, including interpreting maps and other forms of data.
At the same month-long tournament, Ladue junior Winston Chen placed third in the Junior Varsity Division of the Earth Science National Championship Exam.