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Mountain Ridge student claims second place in state geography bee

HIGHLANDS RANCH – An eighth-grade student from Mountain Ridge Middle School finished in second place during the recent Colorado Geographic Bee.

Colter Giem made it to the final round of the bee, which was held at Sturm Hall on the University of Denver campus on April 4.

He was defeated by a three-time winner of the state’s geography bee, Pranit Nanda, who is also an eighth-grader from Aurora Quest K-8 in Aurora.

Nanda won the honor of representing Colorado at the National Bee, by correctly answering the following question:

2014 Winning Question: What sea in the Arctic Ocean separates the Taymyr Peninsula from the archipelago Novaya Zemlya?

Answer: the Kara Sea

The National Geographic Society conducts the Geographic Bee, at all levels. For more information, visit the official National Geographic Bee website

Giem was one of 100 students who participated in the 2014 Geographic Bee.

April 9, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

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