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Students compete in science, geography

William Ferchland

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Karin Sharon, an eighth-grader at Kingsbury Middle School, reached the Nevada's geography bee for the second time in her middle school career.

Eighth-grader Karin Sharon has her sights set to attend Harvard and become an attorney.

In the meantime she can bask in her accomplishments at Nevada’s state geography bee.

Twice, this year and last, Karin’s expertise in geography landed her in state competition. There were questions on agriculture, animals, flora and countries.

Although she didn’t get to the top 10, even when answering eight out of 10 questions correctly, she enjoyed the entire process.

“Everything is interesting. I think all the aspects of studying every single thing was interesting,” Karin said.

“I think I learned that there’s a whole ‘nother world outside the U.S. and you really need to know how different cultures and different people live,” she added.

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The state geography bee was held at the end of March in Las Vegas.

To participate, Karin had to do well at the Kingsbury competition and then take a qualifying test.

In related news:

Numerous students at Kingsbury Middle School participated, and did well, at the Northern Nevada Regional Science Fair held in Reno.

Bailey Adams and Jillian Dauscher received first place for their seventh-grade project on examining different materials and their ability to absorb oil from oil spills.

Jenner Felton, another seventh-grader, received third place on an individual project called “Feces Flush,” which looked at Burke Creek and the impact of water quality and the dog use along the walking trail by Kahle Drive.

Seventh-graders Lexi Brooks and Nina Jimenez received an honorable mention for their project, “What not to Wear.”

Eighth-grader Karin Sharon received third place for her individual project, “The Wired Cerebrum.”

Zephyr Cove Elementary also had a winner at the regional fair: An honorable mention for the fifth-grade group consisting of Suzie Elias and Casey Huber with their project, “Defying Gravity.”

More than 2,000 participants from Northern Nevada took part in the Northern Nevada Regional Science Fair.