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Panhandle pupils head for geography bee

March 31, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nine Eastern Panhandle students will be among the 100 fourth- through eighth-grade students competing Friday in the West Virginia State Geography Bee at the Charleston Civic Center.

The competitors earned their place by winning local geography bees and passing a written test scored by the National Geographic Society.

The participants represent 38 of the state's 55 counties.

The winner of the state geography bee will compete in the National Geography Bee May 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C.

Competing from Berkeley County are Aaron Aikens of North Middle School, Joseph Dehaven of South Middle School, Virginia Webber of Gerrardstown Elementary School and Matthew Yurish of Hedgesville Middle School.

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Competing from Jefferson County are Sara Bouberhan of Shepherdstown Elementary School, Daniel Conant of Charles Town Junior High School, Matthew Jackson of Wright Denny Intermediate School, Jesse Kasmier of Harpers Ferry Junior High School and Gary Staubs of Shepherdstown Junior High School.

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