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Unvert Buzzes to Geography Bee Title

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Katie Unvert, an 8th grade student at Freeman won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Monday, January 9th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.  The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States participate in the Bee.  The school winners, including Katie, took a written test.  The top 100 scores in each state will be eligible to compete in the state Bee March 30, 2012.  The Nebraska state Geographic Bee will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The 7th and 8th grade classes competed in the school-level Bee.  The Preliminary round was used to limit the field to 10 contestants.  Those 10 contestants were Holden Scott, Hannah Schoen, Taylor Larkins, Jacob Koelzer, Marissa Waters, Lizzy Milke, Rachel Page, Brannon Renken, and Katie Unvert.
The Final Round was a hotly contested battle between Katie and Taylor Larkins.  In the end, Katie was able to come up with Hong Kong as the correct answer to the following question:
Located on Victoria Harbor, Wan Chai is one of the older commercial areas in which city that is a Special Administrative Region of China?
This was one of the most competitive and highest scoring Bees I’ve been a part of.  We have a great group of young students with an impressive amount of geographic knowledge.

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