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Greene wins SEAS Geography Bee

Ethan Greene is the SEAS National Geographic Bee winner. Submitted photo1 / 2
Ten students participated in the competition Dec. 20. Back row (from left to right): Meredyth Anderson, Joan Bromberek, Ethan Greene, Joey Helland and Casey Steinmetz. Bottom row: PJ Noonan, Abby Hilo, Ben Thome, Alexis Steinke and Abby Strommen. Submitted photo2 / 2

Ethan Greene, an eighth-grader at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, won the school's National Geographic Bee on Dec. 20. The school bee was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools in the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Greene, will take a qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the test will be eligible to compete in the state Bee on April 6, 2018. State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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