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Pelc Victorious in 2014 Geography Bee

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Eli Pelc, a 7th grade student at Freeman won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States participate in the Bee.The school winners, including Eli, took a written test.The top 100 scores in each state were eligible to compete in the state Bee.  Unfortunately, Eli fell a bit short of reaching the state competition.

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 Blake Kastanek, Garrett Lenners, Conner McNeil, Luke Archer, Kaleb Unvert, Tessa Hestermann, Dylan Furtado, Eli Pelc, Gage Rogman, and Jacob Gramann.

Kaleb and Eli were the only two left standing at the end of the Final Round.The pair advanced to the Championship Round and after several tie breaker questions, Eli was able to come up with magma as the correct answer to the following question:

What is the term for melted rock beneath Earth’s surface that could erupt as lava?


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