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Dixon youth advances in geography

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Eli Blaney of Dixon (center) won the St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School National Geographic Bee Jan. 9. With him are Sarah Campbell, junior high school social studies teacher, and Jake Ackman of Dixon, second-place winner and a fifth-grade student.

DIXON – Eli Blaney of Dixon, an eighth-grade student at St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School, won the school-level National Geographic Bee Jan. 9, and a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The competition, the first round in the 26th annual bee, started Nov. 11, with students answering oral questions.

Blaney and other school winners will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers will be eligible to compete April 4 in their state’s bee. State champions receive a free trip from May 19 to 21 to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship rounds.

Besides the scholarship, the national winner will receive a lifetime membership in the society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Visit www.nationalgeographic.com for more information.

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