Rochester student wins Minnesota geography bee, advances to nationals

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A 6th-grader from Rochester, Minn., will represent Minnesota in the National Geographic Bee next month, after winning the state geography bee Friday.

Lucas Eggers, who is home-schooled, finished first in the final round of 10 students to win the competition, which was held at St. Cloud State University, the Associated Press reports.

Eggers receives $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Minnesota in the National Geographic Bee May 19-21.

The event is organized by the National Geographic Society.

There were 94 competitors at the state competition from communities around Minnesota.

Eggers faced off against Maegan McMahon of St. John's School in Little Canada in the final round, the St. Cloud Times reports, and won by giving the correct answer to the first question of the round:

"In the 1500s, sailors from the Basque region of Europe established a whaling station on the Strait of Belle Isle in what present-day country?"

Eggert gave the correct answer, Canada. McMahon answered incorrectly, and took second place. Lucas Bertram of Lake Middle School in Woodbury finished in third place, according to the St. Cloud Times.

The Geographic Bee competition is open to students in 4th through 8th grades. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands, and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

The second- and third-place winners will receive college scholarships worth $25,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Eggers also will compete in the National History Bee in June in Atlanta.

Interested in seeing how you'd score on the geography bee questions? You can take the online quiz here.

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