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WMS geography champ qualifies for state

WORTHINGTON — Elijah Bates, winner of the 2017 Worthington Middle School geography bee, has qualified to compete in the Minnesota State Geography Bee.

The eighth-grader will compete at the state bee, to take place at Minnesota State University, Mankato, on April 6. Bates is the son of Leslie and Ethan Bates. He is only the fourth student from Worthington in the past 18 years to represent the community in the state bee, as school champions must score in the top 100 of a statewide geography test in order to participate.

The winner of the Minnesota State Bee will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., in late May.