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PAIGE SLOANE, Dan Martin and Marcus Bernard will represent the West Brunswick High School
DECA Chapter in national competition next month as a result of placing in state competition this
Two Brunswick Students
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Two Brunswick Counly hoys will
tic among the 11H) students to com
pete April 8 in Raleigh in the state fi
nals of the National Geography Bee.
B.J. Eversolc of Ix>ng Beach, an
eighth grader at South Brunswick
Middle School, will he making his
second bid for the championship.
Troy Simmons of Ash, an eighth
grade student at Waccanv>w F.le
mentary, will be competing at the
state level for the first time.
Eversole, 14, finished sixth in the
state in the 1W3 bee, and said he
hopes to do better this year. He's
been practicing with cards from the
"National Geographic on Assign
ment" board game he won last year.
"I think I've got a pretty good
chance this year," he said.
Added Paula Clemmons, South
Brunswick social studies department
curriculum chairman, "He was beat
en last year by eighth graders. He
knows a lot more this year and he's
used to the competition."
The son of Big and Marselle
Eversole of i>ong Beach, Eversole
said he has always liked geography
and all other areas of social studies.
"I like learning about people and
places," he said. "I like learning
"This is a kid who knew the presi
dents before he started kinder
garten," said his mother. "He's al
ways had access to books and he's
always been interested."
Also aiming for the state champi
onship and a trip to the nationals is
Troy Simmons, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Larry Simmons of Ash.
This will be the fourth time in
five years that Waccamaw Elemen
tary has had a finalist in the state
bee. Michael Todd competed in
1990 and 1991 and James White in
1992, said social studies teacher
Mary (Catherine Griffith.
According to N.C. Geography
Bee Coordinator John Ellington,
more than 9(H) schools participate in
the bee this year. Winners in each
school competition took a written
examination, with the top 1 (K) scor
ers qualifying for the state finals.
*IT?e state bee will be held in two
locations, the Education Building
and First Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Nationally the Geography Bee is
sponsored by the National Geo
graphic Society, which publishes
National Geographic magazine, and
North Carolina's state winner will
advance to the National Geography
Bee, receiving an all-expenses paid
five-day trip to Washington, D.C.,
and $100. Alex Trebek, host of tele
vision's "Jeopardy!" will serve as
host of the nationals again this year.
The geography bee was begun in
an effort to promote the teaching of
geography in schools and the impor
tance of geography after a nationwide
survey approximately a decade ago
indicated that most United States stu
dents were geographically illiterate.
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and will have a special guest,
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signing her new
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a history of the island up to Hazel.
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SLOANE NAMED STATE PRESIDENT
Three West DECA Contestants Excel
For the second consccutive year, a
Brunswick County student will serve
as state president of Distributive
Education Clubs of America, while
three West Brunswick members ad
vance to national competition.
DECA is a national association of
Paige Sloane of Ocean Isle
Beach, a junior, was voted into of
fice at the March M-12 state confer
ence, the first West Brunswick High
School student to hold the office.
She succeeds J.D. Ciidley, a senior at
North Brunswick High School.
She was one of three West Bruns
wick DECA members who qualified
to compete at the national level.
Sloane will advance as overall state
runner-up in hospitality tourism and
marketing. She was also an event
runner-up in a sales role-play in
which she had to sell a trip to Dis
Dan Martin, a senior from Sunset
Beach, was a state finalist in the re
tail merchanising-master employee
competition. Marcus Bernard of
Cedar Grove was a state finalist in
quick-service restaurant manage
All three students had to take
written tests in their area of competi
tion and participate in two role
plays. All are second-year chapter
The three will travel to Detroit,
Mich., April 22-27, accompanied by
faculty member Terri Brett. Brett
and Harriett Hemphill are chapter
Also at the state conference
awards ceremony. West Brunswick
DECA Chapter received a three-start
activity award in recognition of its
achievements during the year. These
included members serving as DARE
role models, volunteering with Hope
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