An interest in military history propelled Ardmore Middle School seventh-grader Joshua Koenig to Oklahoma’s state geography bee.


Koenig won his school bee and passed a qualifying test in order to qualify for the state bee. He made it to the end of the preliminaries, placing 23rd at the state geography bee.


The bee took place April 9 at Oklahoma State University and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Questions ranged from world capitals and famous buildings to geographic terms and current events.


An interest in military history propelled Ardmore Middle School seventh-grader Joshua Koenig to Oklahoma’s state geography bee.

 

Koenig won his school bee and passed a qualifying test in order to qualify for the state bee. He made it to the end of the preliminaries, placing 23rd at the state geography bee.

 

The bee took place April 9 at Oklahoma State University and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

 

Questions ranged from world capitals and famous buildings to geographic terms and current events.

 

“(Knowing military history) helps because I knew about the cultural dispute where the Nationalist Chinese go to Taiwan,” Koenig said.

 

However, it also served as a disadvantage when he was faced with a question on state crops. He missed the question, answering South Carolina instead of North Carolina.

 

“I have studied more in military regions and battlefields than where they grow Bermuda grass and coconuts,” Koenig said.

 

His interests focus on wars fought by the United States, specifically from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

“I like to see how the United States went from racial impurity to the Vietnam era where everyone was able to serve with pride and joy,” he said.

 

Koenig also has an interest in airplanes.

 

“I like how we went from the 1911 Kitty Hawk plane to the F-4 Phantom. That’s why I didn’t know the economics,” he said.

 

Students can participate up to eighth grade, leaving Koenig one more year of competition. He is already planning how he can top this year’s finish.

 

“Next year, I’ll eat three hash browns instead of two, and I’ll study more economics,” Koenig said.

 

He also enjoys swimming and participated in the Goddard Center’s All Schools Art Exhibit.