On a typical evening, Armor spends about an hour reading about history and geography “just for fun.” But after he won the state bee, he began taking pretests on National Geographic's website and studying from books his school loaned him.
Armor made the trip to Washington accompanied by his mother, Gina, and the National Geographic Society welcomed the competitors with special events such as a trolley tour of the Capitol and a visit to the Library of Congress, which had a special exhibit featuring maps set up specifically for them.
Gina Armor said the young contestants bonded almost instantly.
“These kids were all on the same level,” she said. “They really enjoyed the sense of friendship they had with one another.”
Although Armor did not place among the top 10 finalists in the bee, he said the experience he gained was valuable.
“As long as I do my best, I'm proud,” he said.
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