Last year's state champ in the National Geographic Bee won't be able to compete in this year's contest due to a little-publicized rules change, his parents said.
Matt Savage, a home-schooled seventh-grader from Francestown, had already won a school-level Bee at Great Brook School in Antrim. But after his win, officials with the Bee called and told parents Larry and Diane Savage that he couldn't go on to the state contest because of rules governing how home-schoolers can enter the event.
"We want to follow the rules, but it would have been appropriate to advertise the rules," Mrs. Savage said, adding that a well-publicized notice of the change on the Bee's Web site would have helped. "The fact it wasn't (well-advertised) meant Matt, and I'm sure other children as well, were disqualified."
Mrs. Savage said she was reluctant to go forward with her story, but she also hated the thought of other ...