Janagan Ramanathan, a Sartell Middle School student, will compete at the statewide National Geographic Bee April 5 at St. Cloud State University’s Ritsche Auditorium.
The event starts at 9:15 a.m., with 100 students throughout the state competing. The winner will go on to compete in the national bee in Washington, D.C. The National Geographic Spelling Bee is for students in fourth through eighth grades.
Last year, Ramananthan’s older brother, Gopi, was the statewide winner and competed nationally. Gopi had won numerous bees. Since he is no longer in eighth grade, he cannot compete anymore. This year, however, Gopi is a member of the Sartell-St. Stephen Knowledge Bowl team that will participate at the state level.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.