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17 from area in geography bee

Citizen Staff Writer



Seventeen area students will participate in the state Geographic Bee on Friday at Arizona State University.

The preliminary rounds will begin at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Building. The final round will be at 1 p.m.

The local students hail from private, public, charter and home schools.

They are:

• Michael S. Manchester, Marana Middle School, eighth grade

• Ben F. Jackson, Arizona Virtual Academy, seventh grade

• Sumhith V. Aradhyula, Canyon View Elementary, fifth grade

• Kevin Pina, Cross Middle School, eighth grade

• William Pinkney Baird, BASIS Tucson School, eighth grade

• John Becker, Harelson Elementary, fifth grade

• Anthony J. Federico, Lauffer Middle School, seventh grade

• Paul W. Oftedahl, Pima County Home Educators, fourth-grade

• Dustin W. Little, St. Michael’s, eighth grade

• Steven M. Miller, Doolen Middle School, eighth grade

• Sam Groskind, Castlehill Country Day School, fifth grade

• Matthew B. Gomez, Carden of Tucson, eighth grade

• John L. Reynolds, Tortolita Middle School, seventh grade

• Thomas B. Budinger, Amphitheater Middle School, seventh grade

• Jack O. Corkery, Wilson K-8 School, eighth grade

• Ostin D. Zarse, Sonoran Science Academy, eighth grade

• Noah L. Tek, Our Mother of Sorrows, seventh grade

To reach the state competition, students had to win a school-based contest earlier this year.

The Arizona winner will receive $100 and a free trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on May 19 and 20. The national winner receives a $25,000 college scholarship.

17 area students to participate in Friday’s state Geographic Bee

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