Hometown Hero 

  • Aden Whitney of Jaffrey is going to the state geography bee Saturday, April 1.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Aden Whitney, an eighth-grader at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, has been named as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 New Hampshire National Geographic State Bee.

Whitney, who admitted he was a little nervous about the upcoming competition, said he won the local bee when he provided the correct answer to a question about an ancient Greek city named after the goddess of wisdom. (Spoiler: It’s Athens.)

Whitney’s teacher at JRMS is Diane Bush.

“I didn’t know there were so many islands to study,” he said when asked what surprised him most about the competition.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 33, Whitney also says he enjoys video games and reading the Harry Potter series.

Whitney’s study strategy? “Slow and steady,” he said.

Aden is the son of Jon Whitney of Jaffrey.

The bee will be held at Keene State College on Friday.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-25.