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Severna Park 7th-Grader To Compete In U.S. Bee

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CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A seventh-grader from the Severn School in Severna Park will represent Maryland next month in the National Geographic Bee.

Neel Lakhanpal, 13, won the Maryland leg of the bee Friday, defeating 100 competitors. He received $100 and a trip to Washington for the national competition.

Neel says he’s going to study more and hope for more luck to win in Washington.

The Maryland contest was open to students in the fifth through the eighth grades. It was held at the Catonsville campus of Baltimore County Community College. Students were quizzed on their knowledge of mountains, rivers and fault lines, as well as U.S. monuments and parks.

The second-place winner was Adam Rusak of Gaithersburg. Alex Chryala of Baltimore County won third place.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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