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White Plains 6th-Grader Bound for State Geographic Bee

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Each day when her peers leave the School of the Holy Child, White Plains sixth-grader Isabella Iannone stays behind and drills herself on countries, capitals and other geographic trivia. This Friday, she will put her knowledge to the test while competing against fourth- through eighth-graders at the New York State National Geographic Bee.

"I think it will be challenging but also really fun," Isabella said in a statement. "I'm very excited."

After winning the School of the Holy Child's geographic bee, Isabella scored in the Top 100 on a qualifying exam to earn an invitation to the state bee at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Isabella and others who scored in the Top 100 will compete for a $100 prize, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD," and a trip to Washington, D.C., as the New York representative in the national finals this May.

Language arts teacher Janet Baker has helped Isabella prepare.

"We practice together every day after school,” Baker said in a statement. “We review sample questions, world countries and capitals, as well as geographic terms and facts.”

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