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Junior high students vie in history competition

March 26, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Seventh- and eighth-grade students fought to show who had the most knowledge of history in the annual countywide junior high social science/history competition Thursday at William Moreno Junior High here.

Teams of five, with one alternate, from 10 schools competed against squads from their grade level, showing their knowledge of ancient history, famous people, significant dates and states and capitols.

An individual competition added to team points. Team members were given a map skills test worth one extra point for each question answered correctly.

The team from El Centro's Kennedy Middle School of Amy Sanchez, Francisco Cabrerra, Betsy Gomez, Manuel Avila, Ephraim Jacobo and Raul Duarte won the seventh-grade competition.

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Kennedy was followed by Magnolia's team of Valerie Smith, Allison Smith, Justin Mamer, Brett Mamer and Barrick Armstrong in second place.

Barbara Worth Junior High's Justin Ngo, Melinda Donohue, Roxana Cubero, Colin Sonneville, Mitchell Vernon and John Cardenas took third.

The eighth-grade category was claimed by Magnolia's Julie Smith, Travis LeBaron, Shannon Wiest, Ellie Caston and Trey Chalupnik.

Second place was taken by Shannon McDonald, Kimberly Peschel, Sarah Ferguson, Lesley Walther and Julie Coruthers of Frank Wright Intermediate School in Imperial.

William Moreno Junior High's team of Melissa Moreno, Carlos Sanchez, Brenda Durazo, Enrique Martinez, Almikar Alonso and Kimberly Palacios took third.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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