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AUSTIN EDITION Ellis student misses the geography cut

From staff reports

Ellis Middle School's geography whiz Anthony Hernandez, 13, traveled far but didn't quite make it to the final destination.

The eighth-grader was one of about 100 students participating in the state geography competition Friday at Macalester College in St. Paul.

He missed just three of the eight questions in the first round, said Cindy Hernandez, his mother.

"He did well," she said.

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This was Anthony's second time at the state level. He qualified as a fifth-grader at Banfield Elementary School.

To qualify at this level, students had to be in fourth to eight grade and have won an oral contest at the school level.

Anthony and his father left for Argentina and Chile after the competition, his mother said.

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