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Seventh-graders from local schools competed in the eighth annual countywide Geography Tournament Thursday sponsored by Rand McNally, a map and atlas company.

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the event and Dan Zeisler, superintendent of Chicago Park School District, was the emcee. The superintendent’s office launched the geography tournament to increase interest in geography.

Twenty-two students from 10 schools spent the morning completing a 90-question written test with the top 10 students going on to a contest similar to Jeopardy.

The winners were:

First place – John Alkire of Twin Ridges Home Study.

Second place – Michael Rajgoza of Magnolia School.

Third place – Robyn Fernandez of Magnolia School.

Fourth place – Alex Ramsey of Union Hill School and Jaxson Toschi of Magnolia School.

Fifth place – Kirsten Lien of Chicago Park School.


Nevada Union High School is hosting a free information night on “Impact of divorce on teens and families: How to be an effective single parent,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Science Lecture Hall at NU.

Emily Gallop, a local marriage family therapist, divorce mediator and child specialist, will speak at the event, which is open to the public.

For additional information, contact Terry Brodie, intervention specialist at NU at 273-4431ext. 2017


Sierra College is accepting applications for the fall semester study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 12-week semester program is scheduled from Sept. 12 through Dec. 10.

The program fee is $5,695, which includes round-trip airfare, 12 weeks of accommodations, excursions, medical and travel insurance, services of on-site support staff and the services of Sierra College program coordinator.

The academic curriculum includes geography, English, communication studies and Spanish. All units can be transferred to California state universities and Universities of California.

Sierra College instructors Dr. Alex Amigo, professor of earth science and geology, and Julie Bruno, professor of communication studies and speech, will accompany students on the trip.

Financial aid may be applied to fees. Seniors are welcome.

An informational meeting is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. today in the Library’s Rare Book Room (Room 201) on the Rocklin Campus, at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. For more information, contact Christine Vona, study abroad coordinator, at cvona@sierracollege.edu or call 916-781-7198.


To submit items to the Learning Page, contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen at ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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