Sartell Middle School sixth-grader Yazaan Anjum once again represented Sartell at the State Geography Bee on March 29 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. He did not move on to the national event.
Yazaan qualified for his second state competition after placing first at the Jan. 7 Sartell Middle School Geography Bee moderated by global studies teacher Jenny Richason and with Gopi Ramananthan, a Sartell alumni and former World Geography Bee champion, serving as scorekeeper.
Yazaan won the school Geography Bees in fourth, fifth and sixth grades. He qualified for state in fifth and sixth grade.
At the state meeting, 100 students start the first round and 90 are eliminated before the final round.
Twenty-five middle school students in grades five through eight participated in one of two preliminary GeoBees to earn one of 10 spots for the January competition. Yazaan placed first at this competition and advanced to state.