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Geography Bee champion Leandra Larson is pictured with her parents Dirk Larson and Kim Phan. (Star Gazette photo by Jane Lightbourn)

Leandra Larson wins HMS geography bee championship

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Leandra Larson said she was "surprised" when she won the Hastings Middle School Geography Bee last Thursday morning.

"I thought Krista (Gomez) would win -- she came in second last year," said Larson. Gomez also finished as the runner-up this year.

As the two finalists this year, Larson and Gomez each answered the same three written questions about countries, lakes, parks and trails. Larson had all three right; Gomez missed one.

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