Alyssa Caldito, an eighth-grade student at South Canton Charter Academy,
will compete in the statewide Geography Bee this year at Western Michigan
To qualify for the event, Caldito beat out
more than 400 students in grades 4-8 at her school. She was awarded a medal on
Jan. 18 for winning the school-wide competition.
Each school’s winner must take a test to
qualify to compete in the statewide competition. Caldito qualified for the
upcoming statewide competition. This is her second year of qualifying for the
statewide competition, although she did not place in last year’s Geography
To prepare for the competition, Caldito took
online quizzes and studied the National Geographic books published for the
event, said her social studies teacher at South Canton, Mark Ureel.
“It’s very stressful because I’m
competing against students all over the state!” Caldito remarked.