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Eighth-grader wins Geographic Bee

Erik Johnson, an eighth-grader from Bismarck-Mandan Area Home Educators, took top honors at the 2014 North Dakota state-level Geographic Bee Saturday at the University of Mary.

The state winner will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent North Dakota in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-21. 

The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state sponsors are Google and Plum Creek.

Area participants included Hayden Schmitz, Carrington, eighth grade; Alex Henton, Cooperstown, eighth grade; Zackary Strong, Edgeley, seventh grade; Chance Durheim, Ellendale, fifth grade; Montana Hoyt, Glenfield, eighth grade; Quinn Koch, Jamestown, fourth grade; Hunter Bentten, Lisbon, eighth grade; Peyton Grunefelder, Napoleon, sixth grade; Ian Tjelta, New Rockford, eighth grade; Garret Meehl, Oakes, fifth grade; Makena Heier, Steele, seventh grade; Hunter Burchill, Valley City, eighth grade; Madi Klabo, Valley City, fourth grade; and Avery Murray, Valley City, fifth grade.

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