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Seventh-grade students from local schools competed in the countywide Geography Tournament Oct. 12 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. The students completed a 90-question written test with the top eight students participating in a “Jeopardy” style contest.

Kendal Nielsen of Magnolia School won first place. The second position went to Stefan Stackhouse of Seven Hills School. Max Fishman and Brock Peterlin, both of Magnolia, tied for third place. Eva Melas of Seven Hills School came fourth, and Kyle Folmar of Chicago Park was fifth.

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the annual event and Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Stanton Miller filled the role of emcee.



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The Nevada Union Marching Band and Color Guard won three awards at the McQueen Field Competition in Reno on Oct. 7. The team, of about 60 students from all four grades, won the Best Woodwinds, Best Color Guard and first place in the small band division.




The band performed music adapted from the Broadway musical, “Wicked,” by Stephen Schwartz. There were four teams from Nevada performing in the same division, said Amy Linden, color guard coach and advisor at NU.

“It is great for the kids to get such positive feedback so early in the year from the judges,” Linden said. “We have many competitions ahead of us, so going into the next competition with the knowledge that they have successfully competed against other schools will help them perform better for the rest of the season.”

The NU team will compete at the Armijo Band Review in Fairfield next weekend.

“We are practicing music and marching for about 15 hours a week,” Linden said. “(We are) concentrating on brand a new musical piece called ‘Glorious Victory,’ a traditional British march.”

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The Sierra College Nevada County Campus will host a lecture and tour of the Robotic Observatory on the topic of “What in the Universe Happened to Pluto?” on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The lecture will be given in the Learning Resource Center by David Dunn, a Sierra College professor since 2003.

After the lecture, those interested will be taken to the Robotic Observatory on campus. People will be able to see the night sky through the telescope.

The presentation is free to the public. There is a $1 daily parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at the machine located at the entrance to the campus parking lot.

For more information about this event, visit our Web site at http://www.sierracollege.edu or, call Prof. Carol Cox at 274 -5291.

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