Quentin Bauer, 12, will return to Nebraska with plenty of fun memories but no trophy from the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

Quentin, a student at Millard Central Middle School, was knocked out of the competition Monday. He earned a trip to the national bee by winning the highly competitive Nebraska state bee. To sharpen up for the bee, he studied books and atlases and watched videos.

He said he would bring home memories “about how much I had fun, even when I was nervous.”

The national competition features some of the brightest young minds in the U.S. and its territories, and the contestants wrestle with tough questions.

Quentin got stumped on an oral-round question about a bay in New Zealand that he had never heard of. He said he will continue to pursue his interest in geography next school year in eighth grade.

National Geographic will livestream the championship round on Thursday.

Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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