Lutz teen following family footsteps to state geography competition

By Dalia Dangerfield, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Bay area middle schooler is set to compete for a state title in geography later this month at the Florida Geography Bee in Jacksonville.

  • Sam Glickman, 14, attends Martinez Middle School
  • Glickman's older brother also qualified for state finals
  • Winner qualifies for National Geography Bee

Sam Glickman, 14, who attends Martinez Middle School in Lutz, recently won his school's geography bee. His next challenge will be to take his knowledge on the road and compete for a state championship.
"I hope that I win," said Sam, who also told us he's out to win bragging rights. His older brother competed in the Florida Geography Bee just a few years ago.
"He thinks I'm good," Sam said, talking about his brother."He thinks he's better."
That friendly sibling rivalry has Sam studying every night.
"I think he's going to do pretty well," said Jack Coburn, the Geography Bee Coordinator at Martinez Middle School.  "I'm so proud of him for making it this far. I see him possibly winning this."
It wouldn't be the first time a Bay area student won the competition. Rishi Nair, 12, of Williams Magnet Middle in Tampa not only took home the state title, but also the national title in 2016, as well.
Glickman just hopes he's the next one to win the prize.
The state Geography competition will be held in Jacksonville on March 31st. The winner will qualify for the National Geographic Bee.