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Local students to compete in National Geographic GeoBee’s state competition

Gavin Doan, Mia Pendergast qualify for state-level event

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Gavin Doan, left, won her school title and will compete for a state title in the National Geographic GeoBee. Ben Vito, center, was second and Sylvia Fochesato was third.
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EAGLE — A pair of local middle school students are on their way to the state geography bee finals.

Gavin Doan and Mia Pedergast, will compete for the Colorado state title, part of the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. The state round is March 29.

Doan attends Gypsum Creek Middle School. Pendergast attends Eagle Valley Middle School.

The National Geographic GeoBee is in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students competing for their school championship. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

The National Geographic Society invited 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state GeoBees.

National Geographic increased this year’s prize money for all state GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the national championship in May. Second- and third-place finishers will receive cash awards of $300 and $100.

This year’s national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.