La Jolla resident to compete in state Geography Bee

La Jolla resident Liam Fay, a seventh-grader at Francis Parker School, was named a semi- finalist in the National Geographic Geography Bee. He will now compete in the 2013 California National Geographic Bee.

Liam’s mother Melissa said his knowledge comes from a longtime interest, not from excessive studying.

“For his 7th birthday, Liam asked for a globe,” she said. “Soon he wanted a world map for his wall, which he uses to this day to draw maps of the ancient empires he’s discovered through books, board games like ‘Diplomacy’ and ‘Risk,’ and yes, computer games such as ‘Civilization,’ ” she said.

Liam even started a “Country of the Day” activity during his homeroom period at school. Geography Bees were held statewide for months (ending Jan. 15) to determine each school’s winner. The champs then had to take a qualifying test and those with the top 100 scores will now compete at the state level on April 5 in Sacramento.

The state winner will win $100, a comprehensive National Geographic DVD, and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent California in the national Geography Bee.