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Providence student advances to final of National Geographic Bee

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Wheeler School student Max Levine is shown with teacher-chaperone Dana Tatlock at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 19, 2014. Wheeler School student Max Levine is shown with teacher-chaperone Dana Tatlock at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Wheeler School student Max Levine, fourth from left, is shown with the finalists of the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 19, 2014. Host Soledad O'Brien is shown in the center. Wheeler School student Max Levine, fourth from left, is shown with the finalists of the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 19, 2014. Host Soledad O'Brien is shown in the center.

A 14-year-old from Providence has qualified as one of the 10 finalists at the National Geographic Bee in Washington.

Max Levine, an eighth-grader at the Wheeler School, had a perfect score in Monday's preliminaries.

Levine previously represented Rhode Island at the bee in 2012. He competed against 53 other students in this year's bee.

Levine says he's an avid downhill skier and also likes to play tennis. He plays the violin and likes learning languages, including Mandarin. Levine says if he could be anyone, it would be U.S. ambassador to Israel.

The winner of the bee will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The second- and third-place winners receive college scholarships for $25,000 and $10,000.

The National Geographic Bee continues through Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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