Overall Arizona Regional Brain Bee Gen Fitzgerald poses at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., on February 6, 2013. Mr. Fitzgerald placed third overall in the National Brain Bee held in Washington, D.C.

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Gen Fitzgerald, a student at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee, was on top of the world after winning the Arizona Regional Brain Bee that took place in February at Midwestern University.

As part of his winner’s award, Fitzgerald received travel expenses to compete at the National Brain Bee in Washington, D.C., and it was money well-spent as he ended up placing third overall out of 45 competitors.

Fitzgerald received a score of 89.25, which placed him third in a tightly-contested battle for the top 10 rankings; only 10 percentage points separated the eventual overall winner from 10th place.

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