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New Hampshire 7th grader heading to national championship

March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 7th-grader from Kearsarge Regional Middle School in North Sutton has won the New Hampshire geographic bee and will head to the national championship in Washington.

WMUR reports (http://bit.ly/1Nr3Ckt ) that Isaac Stearns bested 101 other Granite State students to win the state title at Keene State College on Friday. Students in grades four through eight were eligible.

The National Geographic Society says that more than 4 million students from across the United States and its territories competed to reach the state finals this year.

For winning, Stearns will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to compete in the national competition held at National Geographic’s headquarters May 11-13.

On the first day of the championship, contestants will be narrowed down to 10 finalists. Those finalists will then vie for first place and its award of a $50,000 college scholarship and an expenses-paid trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The student who places second will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and whoever takes third place will get a $10,000 scholarship.

The National Geographic Society began sponsoring the competition in 1989, out of concern that school students were lacking skills in geography.

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