After finishing in fourth place last year, a wide smile splashes across Treece’s face when he talks about his goal this year.
“I want to win it,” he said.
Treece earned the honor after winning the Johnson City Schools’ Geography Bee. He and 99 other fifth- through eighth-graders from across the state competed for the top prize on Friday, April 6, on the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. The winner will be invited to the National Bee in Washington, D.C., May 20-23.
Treece joined the Indian Trail Intermediate School Geography Club in fifth grade because he thought it would be fun to learn about geography. That helped to unleash his excitement for geography, which he now studies about an hour a night.
“I think it’s important to know where you live in the world and what is going on around you,” Treece said.
Of all the geography he studies, Treece said that he enjoys learning the names of the different cities across the world the most.
Treece will look to become the first student east of Knoxville to win the Tennessee State Bee since a student from Morristown accomplished the feat in 2012. Before that, a student from Newport took home the top prize in 2001.