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He'll 'bee' at state

When teacher Nathan Anderson accepted the social studies position at New Life Academy (NLA) this past fall he probably didn't expect that he would be helping to send the school's very first Geography Bee champion to the state bee, but it happened.

In the preliminary rounds of the school's bee competition Daniel Svedberg of Woodbury competed against 25 other students in seven rounds of progressively harder questioning to make it into the top ten. In the final round, he outlasted his classmates to be crowned NLA Champion. To win, Svedberg had to know cultural and physical landmarks from all over the world, people groups, and the global locations of areas worldwide.

As the school winner he had to pass a written screening test in order to participate with 103 other students in the Minnesota State Geography Bee on April 3 at St. Cloud State University.

Svedberg's preparation for the competition includes reading, watching the History, National Geographic, and Discovery channels.

His pastimes, aside from his necessary studying for the bee, include team cycling, skiing, and snowboarding. He likes "balancing my interests."

"All the students that participated are praying for him - it's a collective effort," Anderson stated. "He's our champion and we know he will represent us well."