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Students compete in geography tournament

Jason Tilly of Seven Hills School won first place in a countywide geography tournament Thursday. Twenty seventh-grade students competed in the third annual tournament at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. The event is modeled after those of the National Geographic Society.

Second place went to Sean Lane of Magnolia School; Daniel Mecorney of Seven Hills School took third. Rounding out the top five were Keenan Smith of Magnolia School in fourth place and Riley Schenck of Union Hill School in fifth. The other final-round participants were Kyle Alfke and Jeff Montgrain, both of Magnolia School.

The students spent the morning completing a 90-question written test, with the top seven students going on to participate in a “Jeopardy” style contest. County Schools Superintendent Terry McAteer read the questions, and the students wrote their answers on individual white boards, which they then raised simultaneously to show the audience.



Bill Moore of Rand McNally gave atlases to the top seven finalists.


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