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George siblings prepare for Oregon's geography bee
by: Contributed Photo, Fourth grader Vince Bugni won the Eagle Creek geography bee in November, and recently took the qualifying test for the state National Geographic geography bee, which will be held at Western Oregon University in April.

Vince and Andrea Bugni live in George ... where their closest friends lives two miles away. They have a lot of time to study, and, with diligent, involved parents, subjects like geography are entertaining.

You could say this family is map crazy. David Bugni, their dad, is a structural engineer-maps are in his DNA. One wall in their basement is covered in maps of the world, Oregon maps, weather pattern maps.

Andrea won the geography bee when she was a sixth grader at Eagle Creek Elementary, and recently won the geography bee as a seventh grade student at Estacada Junior High. Vince competed against fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Eagle Creek Elementary in November during the school's annual geography bee, and he won first place.

Now they're in the process of testing for the state National Geographic geography bee, which will be held in April at Western Oregon University. If they both qualify, they will end up competing against each other.

Vince said he prepared for his school geography bee by studying 'The Geography Bee, Complete Preparation Handbook,' a study guide that's approximately 350 pages long. 'I went through it about three times,' he said.

Thousands of students throughout the United States participate in the National Geographic bee each year. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, increase public awareness about the subject and spark student interest in geography. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to compete. For more information about the National Geographic geography bee and available study materials, log onto www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee.