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Two F-M middle school students named semifinalists for state Geographic Bee

Two Fayetteville-Manlius middle school students have been named semifinalists for the 2011 New York Geographic Bee: Wellwood seventh grade student William Shepardson and Eagle Hill eighth grade student Evan Carr.

The competition will be held April 1 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

The state winner will receive $100, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD," and a trip to Washington, D.C. where he/she will represent New York State in the national finals May 24 and 25 at the National Geographic Society headquarters.

The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime Society membership. The national winner will also travel along with one parent or guardian, all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands.

To be eligible for the state competition, students in fourth through eighth grade competed at the school level. School level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the US territories; the National Geographic Society invited the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

Evan is the son of Donald Carr and Liza Lamb. William is the son of Peter and Karen Shepardson.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant?

The school-level competition asked students questions such as the following:

1. An outline of the Great Lakes appears on the quarter of which state that borders four of the five lakes - Michigan or North Dakota?

2. Which city is located on a peninsula - Cincinnati, Ohio or Dover, Delaware?

3. The city of Bangalore, located west of the Eastern Ghats, is a fast-growing technology hub in what country?

4. The International Red Cross has its headquarters in a city that shares its name with a large lake on the border between Switzerland and France. Name this city.

Answers:

1. Michigan

2. Dover, Delaware

3. India

4. Geneva

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