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South Lyon Teen Wins Michigan Geographic Bee

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Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Indiana, tries to spell a word during a 2010 Spelling Bee competition . (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Indiana, tries to spell a word during a 2010 Spelling Bee competition . (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – An Oakland County boy has won the Michigan Geographic Bee and will represent the state at the national contest in Washington.

It will be the second trip for Philip Huang of South Lyon, who is an eighth-grader educated at home. He won the state competition in 2012.

Huang tells the Kalamazoo Gazette  that he studied a lot, especially in the last two weeks. The contest was held Friday at Western Michigan University.

Seventh-grader Matthew Failor of Traverse City East Middle School finished second and will receive $75. Another seventh-grader, Neha Middela of Detroit Country Day School, finished third and gets $50.

Middela won the Michigan contest last year. The National Geographic Bee will be held on May 19. The winner gets a $50,000 college scholarship.

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