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Austin students take part in world geography bee


AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- From oil producing countries to rarely talked about places, bordering seldom heard bodies of water, if you can name it then it was in the geography bee at Ellis Middle School in Austin.

Students in fifth and sixth grade took part in the early bee and grades seven and eight took part in the later bee.

Each student stepped up to the podium to test their knowledge during numerous, grueling rounds of questions.  Each round had a different format.

For teacher, judge and event coordinator Derik Gustafson it gives his students a chance to prepare for their futures.

"We live in a global world.  We live in a world where people work in different places and they collaborate and communicate with people across the world, so the first step is knowing the location of where things are.  Geography is not just where things are but also how other people live, what languages they speak, and what their cultures are like as well," Gustafson said.

The winner of each bee will take a written test that is submitted to National Geographic.  If they do well, they can go on to the state bee and then the nationally televised bee.  
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