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Srudents show their stuff in school geography bees

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Collin Kamholz, an 8th grade student at Carson Valley Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Dec. 13 and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship.

Collin also won the CVMS school-level competition last year as a 7th grader and as a 6th grader at Pinon Hills Elementary School.

The school-level bee, at which 27 students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 13th annual National Geographic Bee.

Michael Rechs, a U.S. history teacher, was the moderator of the CVMS bee. Angela Abawi and Roger Rusmisel, also history teachers at the school, participated as the scorekeeper and timer, respectively.

Collin has since taken a written test, which will determine whether he is eligible to compete in the state bee April 6. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state and territory will be eligible. Collin has qualified for the state Bee two straight years.

Winners at elemenetary schools in the Valley also announced recently are Kyle Neddenriep of Scarselli, Linda Morgan of C.C. Meneley, Corey Dowell of Jacks Valley and Alex Conrow of Gardnerville.

It was announced earlier that Heidi Lengdorfer won the Bee at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and Eric Wylie at Pinon Hills Elementary.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and their teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 22 and 23. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 23. The program will air on the new National Geographic Channel, and afterward on PBS stations, produced by Maryland Public Television.

Anyone can brush up on geography with GeoBee Challenge, online geography quiz at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses five new questions a day from previous National Geographic Bees. Questions range from the relatively simple to a stumper such as, “Name the ocean current that makes it possible for coral to form as far north as the Bermuda Islands.” (Answer: the Gulf Stream)

The National Geographic Society is the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organization. The 112-year-old society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the society, has a circulation of about 10 million and is read in every country in the world.

The National Geographic Channel, a daily cable network, launched in the United States this month. Eighty million subscribers receive the channel abroad in 110 countries in 15 languages. The society has funded more than 6,500 scientific research projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.