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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

4th Grader Finishes in Top 10 in State Geo. Bee

A student at Johnson Elementary recently made his mark on the state geography bee. He was the only elementary student in the state to place in the top ten of the competition.

Case Grillot, a fourth grader at Johnson Elementary, came in 8th place in the state geography bee, which was held at Western Kentucky University.

Case at WKU competition

Fort Thomas Matters caught up with the geography whiz kid to see what got him into geography and what he plans to accomplish next.

Case discovered the use of Google Earth and his thirst for geographical knowledge could not be quenched.

The geography bee focused on questions on map-reading, U.S. states and world capitals, current events and landform locations.

Case had to go through a geo gauntlet to be eligible for the bee.

Kym Grillot, Case's mom, said, "He participated and won the school-wide competition and then took a written test to qualify for the state competition. He also downloaded and played with the National Geographic app for the iPad."

All of his hard work and studying earned him a top 10 placement in the state.

Case obviously has a niche in geography, but I asked if he has any other interests or passions?

"Case enjoys geography, current events, science, playing Minecraft, riding his bike and is currently teaching himself how to computer program in AppleScript and Java," Kym said. "His favorite music group is They Might Be Giants."

You remember when you taught yourself how to computer program in the fourth grade. Don't you?

So after Case had success in the geography world, what is next for the fourth grader?

"Case will enter the 5th grade next year and loves learning anything and everything. He hopes to participate on the academic team and in the Student Technology Leadership Program," Kym said.

As a student in Mrs. Nestheide's class this year I wanted to know what Case's favorite subject was in school?

"Case loves all of his subjects at school and he is especially proud to be in Mrs. Nestheide's class," Kym said.

I am seeing some bonus point in Case's future.

Case is encouraged to enjoy and learn a variety of subjects, which is evident from his computer programming, his aspiration to join the academic team and the STLP. All of this after his geography bee success. Case is a hard worker and his proficiency in geography is self taught.

Johnson Elementary has a good one in Case Grillot, and Fort Thomas Matters would like to extend a hearty congratulations to him for his top 10 finish and wish him continued success.

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