7th Grader’s World Knowledge Earns Him Trip to State Competition
If you close your eyes and listen to Seth Sikes, you might
believe you’re talking to a well-read high school student. He uses words like
“novice” and “regimen”, but Seth is 13 and mature beyond his years. The seventh
grader from Byrd Middle School will represent Duncanville ISD at the state
geography bee on Friday.
Seth remembers the question that helped him win the
Duncanville ISD Geography Bee.
“I was asked what were the islands of Falster and Sjaellajnd,
what European nation were they included in,” Seth said.
Denmark happens to be surrounded by more than 400 islands.
Somehow, Seth knew the answer.When
asked how he drew that obscure fact from his memory, Seth demurred.
“Well, a magician
never reveals his tricks,” Seth said.
Seth developed an interest in geography in the second grade.
He said he can pick up an atlas and read it cover to cover. When preparing for
a competition, he studies several hours per week.
“I want to learn as much as humanly possible to gain the
biggest edge I can against my competitors,” Seth said.
The 13-year-old’s long-term goals include attending Michigan
Tech University to earn a doctorate in vehicle design.
“I would love to design muscle cars for the Ford automobile
company,” Seth said.
He also dreams of taking an extended European vacation to
visit Germany, the Czech Republic and many other places most kids his age
couldn’t locate on a map.
This week, Seth’s goal is to place in the top three
competitors at the state contest so he can qualify for nationals.