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Lawrence 7th-grader Stefan Petrovic maintains title of Kansas geography bee champ

April 4, 2011

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Lawrence seventh-grader defends state geography bee crown

South Junior High seventh-grader Stefan Petrovic successfully defended his crown at Friday's state National Geographic Bee in Abilene. Petrovic will now head to Washington, D.C., for a chance at a $25,000 scholarship. In this video taken after Petrovic's win last year, the then 12 year old teaches Journal-World reporter Shaun Hittle some lessons in an impromptu geography bee. Enlarge video

South Junior High seventh-grader Stefan Petrovic took the role of defending his title of Kansas’ National Geographic Bee champion very seriously.

“He spent the whole last month studying seven and eight hours a day,” said Stefan’s proud father, Uros. And the hard work paid off, as Stefan, 13, successfully defended his crown Friday at the 2011 competition in Abilene.

“I’m still in denial,” said Stefan as he soaked up his big win Sunday afternoon.

This year, Stefan said he dealt with the pressure by utilizing some relaxation techniques taught to him by his mom, Zina.

“I was freaking out,” said Stefan of the lead-up to the big event.

Stefan says he first discovered his love of geography during frequent trips to Europe with his parents, who are natives of the former Yugoslavia. The family will travel to Washington, D.C., May 23 to 26, where Stefan will compete in the National Geographic Bee. Last year, Stefan finished fourth in the national competition.

On the line is a $25,000 college scholarship for the winner.

Even though this will be his second year at the national competition, Stefan wasn’t ready to make any predictions.

“I don’t want to speculate,” he said. But he plans on spending the next couple of months preparing.

“I hope to put in more work this year,” he said.

Comments

Nikki May 3 years, 11 months ago

Congrats, Stefan, from Corey's mom. We watched you on tv last year, hope to see you again this year!

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