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Emmitsburg student wins Md. Geography Bee

April 10, 1999

TOWSON, Md. - An Emmitsburg, Md., student was the first-prize winner Friday in the Maryland State Geography Bee at Towson University, a contest official said Saturday.

Zane Craig, a seventh-grader at Mother Seton School, was the overall winner among the 100 contestants.

The second-place finisher was seventh-grader Lauren Cohen of Takoma Park Middle School in Rockville, Md. Finishing third was eighth-grader Thomas O'Neill of Colonel E. Brook Lee Middle School in Silver Spring, Md.

No ranking information was available for the rest of the competitors. The students were quizzed on the earth's features, from continents to coasts, capitals and countries.

Jordan Kisiel of E. Russell Hicks Middle School, Michael Wagner of Northern Middle School, Eric Watts of WesternHeights Middle School, Jason O'Neal of Smithsburg Middle School, Melvin "Chuck" Osborne of Clear Spring Middle School and Lindsey Hayes of Fountain Rock Elementary School represented Washington County in the state event.

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State winners will go on to the National Geography Bee, to be held May 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

The National Geographic Society created the national bee in 1988 to bolster student knowledge of geography. This year's top prize is a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to Australia.

- Scott Butki

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