"I thought, if I'm going to be in this I might as well try to do well," Woeppel, who hadn't originally wanted to be a part of the event, but decided to put in an after qualifying for the finals.
Woeppel finished fourth.
Martz will be taking a geography test this year. If he is among the top 100 scorers among elementary school and middle school geography bee champions in the state, he will be able to compete in this year's New York National Geographic Bee. Winning the New York National Geographic Bee qualifies the champion to compete in the National Geographic Bee. The top prize at the National Geographic Bee is a $50,000 scholarship.
In order to make it to the state competition, however, Martz will also have to outscore the middle school champion, Tom Knight, in addition to getting one of the state's top 100 scorers, as a school can send only one competitor. Knight has qualified for the New York National Geographic Bee for the last three years.
"Not very good," said Martz, when asked about his chances of outscoring Knight, who has won the middle school bee twice, although he said that he would try.
Gorman, however, takes a different view of Martz's odds of catching Knight
"I think they're excellent," said Gorman, who said that Martz would be provided with studying materials to prepare for the test.