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Eighth-grader Wins Annual Geography Bee

Nameer DheenMars Area Middle School eighth-grader Nameer Dheen earned first place in the 2019-2020 Mars Area Geography Bee Final Round Qualifier, held Nov. 8 at Mars Area Centennial School.

Sixth-grader Julian Coquelet took second place and eighth-graders Mitchell Kulfan received third place. Other participants were eighth-graders Joseph Compton, Nicholas Ferrari, Ava Geary, Tyler Raabe, Gabrianna Salvini, Evan Szafranski and Ethan Vitale; seventh-grader Luke Hagen; and sixth-grader Colton Rearick.

Dheen will complete a written exam that will be mailed to the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee, which will notify him as to whether he has qualified for the state contest. The state winner will then advance to the National Geography Bee competition, to be held in Spring 2020 at The National Geographic Society headquarters (Washington, D.C.).

Prior to the Final Round Qualifier, all students in Grades 5-8 completed a 50-question, written geography exam based on the physical and cultural geography of both the United States and the world during their social studies classes. The top 50 students who missed no more than eight questions then took a second round exam and those students who missed no more than eight questions advanced to the final round on Nov. 8.

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