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Nevada student qualifies for 2004 National Geographic Bee

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

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Jordan Zager, a sixth-grade Nevada student, has qualified for the 2004 National Geographic Bee competition that will take place in Las Vegas in mid-April. Zager was born and raised at Lake Tahoe and resides in Zephyr Cove with his parents, Craig and Terri Zager. He is a former student of Zephyr Cove Elementary School and currently attends Sageridge School, a private school in Galena, Nev.

Zager qualified by winning first place in the all-school competition for grades six through eight that took place in December. He was one of six students in the state of Nevada who qualified. The next level of qualification requires a top score in the statewide written exam prepared by the society.

Colburn Shindell, Zager’s coach and World Cultures/Honors English teacher at Sageridge School, will accompany Zager to Las Vegas for the state championship. Each state winner will receive $100 and a National Geographic globe, along with advancement to an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the finals.

The National Geographic Bee state-level competition takes place this year at a time when global events make it essential to have a sound understanding of the world and its geography, politics, cultures and religions. It’s not just about state capitals anymore.

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