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Two-time Darlington Geo Bee winner qualifies for state Geo Bee

Darlington sixth-grader Ethan Von Bergen

Darlington sixth-grader Ethan Von Bergen

Sixth-grader Ethan Von Bergen has qualified to represent Darlington School in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on April 6 at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Von Bergen defended last year’s Geo Bee title and won Darlington’s Geo Bee on Jan. 23 in Thatcher Hall. He then passed an online qualifying test to proceed to the state level competition.

“Ethan has proven to have a passion for geography and the cultures of the world,” said Angela Pieroni, eighth-grade science teacher and assistant director of Pre-K to 8. “In addition, he has shown his persistence by being a sixth-grader and already a two-time Darlington winner, now advancing to state. We are so proud to have Ethan represent Darlington.”

Von Bergen will compete at the state level against 98 qualifiers from around Georgia. The winner from each state and territory will then advance to the national competition, which will be held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.