Getting Personal: Alconbury Elementary School student is a winner for knowing the globe

By BEN MURRAY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 27, 2006

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?

Um, Moscow.

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.

Second choice?

I would like to go to the North Pole.

What for?

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.

Awesome. Thanks.

Geography Bee winner Alyssa Harvey, 11, would prefer to spend a month in the Caribbean — or the North Pole.

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