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Orono Middle School eighth-grader Sam Ertmer won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 16. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 31st annual National Geographic Bee.
Eighth-graders Joey Mariani and Charlie Kraus placed second and third respectively in the school competition.
Rounding out the school’s top 10 finalists were, in alphabetical order, Dexter Benson, Kaeden Erickson, Jack Eugster, Eli Hamer, Charlie Johnson, Olivia Tate and Nolan Thompson.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2019 bee. Ertmer and other school champions will now take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state championship in Minnesota will be Friday, March 29, at the Carlson School of Management on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. The national championship rounds will be held May 19-22 in Washington, D.C.