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Barbara Laskin
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Macalester Hosts 2007 MN State Geographic Bee Friday, March 30th
100 Fourth – Eighth Graders Vie to go to Nationals in May

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota State Geographic Bee Finals will once again be hosted by the Geography Department at Macalester College at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 30, in the Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minn. 

The winner will receive $100 and represent Minnesota in Washington, D.C., at the National Geographic Bee, May 22-23, 2007. The national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.  The event is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and JPMorgan Chase.

One hundred fourth through eighth graders from around the state will compete in the preliminary round beginning at 9:15 a.m., answering a variety of world geography questions from a panel of judges.

The top ten students will advance to the final round, at 11:30 a.m., in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, which will be moderated this year by KARE-11 news anchor Julie Nelson.   

Students competing in the state finals are local Geographic Bee winners who took a written test in their schools earlier this winter. In each of the 50 states and in the territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students.  Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.