Dixon youth advances in geography

DIXON – Eli Blaney of Dixon, an eighth-grade student at St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School, won the school-level National Geographic Bee Jan. 9, and a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The competition, the first round in the 26th annual bee, started Nov. 11, with students answering oral questions.

Blaney and other school winners will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers will be eligible to compete April 4 in their state’s bee. State champions receive a free trip from May 19 to 21 to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship rounds.

Besides the scholarship, the national winner will receive a lifetime membership in the society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Visit www.nationalgeographic.com for more information.