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UW-Eau Claire Announces Winners
Of Annual Geography Bee

 MAILED:  Dec. 1, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — This year 21 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students competed in a Geography Bee as p art of the University's Geography Awareness Week Nov. 15-19.

Part icipants in the event, which was similar in format to a spelling bee, participated in six preliminary rounds. The top eight finishers from the preliminary rounds went on to compete in the final, double elimination round.

First place was awarded to Chauncy Harris, the geography and history major from Eau Claire who was recently named UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar. Harris also won first place in last year's event.

In second place was junior management major Ross Reichwein, Arcadia. Junior geography major and geology minor Jacob Brzeskiewicz, Phillips, took third place honors.

The winners received cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for first, second and third place, respectively.

The Geography Bee, sponsored by the Geography Club and the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance, is part of the week long campaign to help promote geographic literacy in America. Geography Awareness Week was created after studies found that many young Americans could not identify simple places on a map and were equally lacking in their knowledge of current events.

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Updated: December 1, 2004