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Sixth graders compete in state geography bee

By The Mercury

Two Manhattan elementary school students went to the Kansas State Geography Bee on April 4 in Abilene.

Casey Gritton, the son of Joe and Heather Gritton, from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School and Aislinn Kinsella, the daughter of Nicole and Kieran Kinsella, from Bergman Elementary School competed in the second level of the bee.

Gritton made it to the final round with the top 10 students. There were 100 participants total in the bee.

The state bee is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is in its 26th year. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth graders throughout the state to determine each school’s winner.

The winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Dense Dependents schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee moderated by Soledad O’Brien, on May 22 at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Check local listings for broadcasts on public stations.

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