Sam Wicks knows his way around a map.
The Cherokee Middle School seventh-grader is a semi-finalist eligible to compete in the 2014 Tennessee State Geographic Bee on April 4.
It is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now its 26th year.
“I just hope I know some of the stuff,” Sam said.
He said he works hard studying geography and enjoys it.
“I just thought it was interesting,” he said.
His parents couldn’t be more proud, if a little surprised.