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Sturgis student wins SD Geographic Bee

ABERDEEN -- Bridger Gordon, an eighth-grader from Sturgis Williams Middle School, took top honors at the 2014 South Dakota state-level Geographic Bee held Friday at Northern State University.

The state winner will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent South Dakota in the national finals of the bee at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-21. Max Peters, a seventh-grader from Patrick Henry Middle School, took second place and Tyler Neely, an eighth-grader from O'Gorman Junior High School took third place.

The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. First prize in the national competition is a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the bee at 7 p.m. ET on May 22. It will air later on public television stations.