WASHINGTON — A Midvale Middle School student will be competing this week for his third time in the Top 10 of the National Geographic Bee.

It is also the final time 13-year-old Anthony Cheng is eligible to participate in the competition. Winners could earn up to $25,000 in college scholarships and a trip to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand.

Cheng and nine other winners were pared from 54 of the nation's brightest brainiacs, age 10 to 14, who won similar competitions in their own states earlier this year and were awarded $500 for their advancement Tuesday. Cheng, an eighth-grader, placed fifth last year and was sixth among his peers in 2010. 

The final round will take place Thursday and is moderated by Alex Trebek.

Wendy Leonard

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