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Neslusan wins Burgess geography bee

From left, Burgess Geography Bee winner Nicholas Neslusan, third place finisher Zack Kelley, and finalist Jillian Jarzabski pose after the event. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
December 19, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Can you name the capital cities of all 50 states?

Here's a hint — Detroit is not the capital of Michigan nor is Chicago the capital of Illinois.

Geography is a difficult subject for many people, but Burgess Elementary School fifth grader Nicholas Neslusan has a firm grasp on everything from state facts to world landmarks, which helped him win the 2011 Burgess geography bee.

The contest was held on Thursday, Dec. 15 between 12 students, a field split evenly between fifth and sixth graders. After two challenging rounds that included questions about American states and major cities, a few students were eliminated. The next round — which required the students to read maps and answer questions based on statistics — narrowed the field to just five remaining competitors.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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