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Three area students make top 100 to qualify for state GeoBee

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Cloquet student Dominic Jones and Esko’s Hunter Eickhoff and Karl Habig will be competing in the 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  

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This is the second level of the National Geographic competition, which is now in its 26th year. Geography Bees were held at Cloquet and Esko schools with fifth- through eighth-grade students participating. School- level winners then took a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level.

The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University on Friday, April 4.

The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Minnesota in the National Geographic Bee finals to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-21. The national winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship and lifetime membership to the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by host Soledad O’Brien, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Check local television listings for date and time in our area.

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