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Students Compete in Geography Bee

Six Ventura County students were among the 100 in the state Geography Bee in Sacramento on Friday, but none made it to the top 10 list of finalists.

A sixth-grader from Deep Valley Christian School in Redwood Valley, Austin Taylor, emerged as the state’s top youthful geographer by correctly answering this question: Since ancient times, marble has been quarried on an island that shares its name with the sea that lies between the European and Asian parts of Turkey. (Answer: Marmara).

Austin won $100, an Atlas of the World and the chance to represent California in the national bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, in Washington, D.C., in May.

Local participants included Daniel Shields, a Fillmore eighth-grader who is home-schooled; Katie Gose, a Camarillo sixth-grader at Las Colinas School; Matthew Lee, a Newbury Park sixth-grader at Sequoia Middle School; Thomas Tarn, a Simi Valley eighth-grader at Valley View Middle School; Steven Smitha, a Ventura fifth-grader at Elmhurst Elementary School; and Julie Yip, an Oxnard eighth-grader who is taught at home through the Assn. of Christian Home Educators of Ventura County.

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Out of 100,000 students who compete in the various bees during the fall, only 100 reach the state finals in Sacramento.

The state Geography Bee, is co-sponsored by Sylvan Learning Centers.


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