Alyssa Harvey knows where things are. Mountains, countries, various bodies of water — the 11-year-old from the RAF Alconbury Elementary School can tell you about them and a litany of other geographical and topographic points of interest. Days after winning the school’s recent Geography Bee on Dec. 12, the sixth-grader talked about her skills.
What’s the secret to learning about geography?
Well, you have to, like, study a lot. I studied a book with all the states in it, and it had all the highest landforms and everything.
What is the highest landform in the U.S.?
Mount McKinley in Alaska.
Pop quiz: What country are we in now?
Good. What’s the capital of Russia?
The longest river in the world?
I think it might be the Nile.
If you could go anywhere in the world for a month, where would you go?
I would probably go to the Caribbean, because the water’s really clear and the beach is there.
I would like to go to the North Pole.
Because of the snow, and it would be fun to ride a sleigh and everything.
Aren’t you afraid of polar bears?
What’s your favorite school subject right now?
What’s the best way for me to learn about geography? Get some maps or a globe?
You should go on the Internet because the lady who gave us the test gave me a whole bunch of Web sites to go on.
Um, can you tell me how to get to the highway from here?
When you turn off base, you should go left.