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Our Lady student to compete in state contest

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By Lisa King

An 8th-grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville is set to compete in a statewide geographic contest next month.

Maria Cozzens has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists who have been selected to compete in the 2009 Kentucky Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Bees were held with 4th-through 8th-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's geographic bee winner.

School level winners then took a qualifying test, which were submitted to the National Geographic Society.

In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

The 2009 Kentucky Geographic Bee will be held at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center, located on the South Campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green on Friday, April 3.

The National Geographic Bee (previously called the National Geography Bee) is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The Bee, held every year since 1989, is open to students in the 4th through 8th grades in participating American schools.

Every year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. Students will be tested on geographic subjects ranging from capitals to culture and landforms to the environment.

The annual competition culminates with the national championship in Washington, D.C. in May, after state-level championship rounds on the first Friday of April.

Our Lady of Guadalupe has been participating in the bee since 2002.

Maria is the daughter of Chris and Charlene Cozzens of Shelbyville.