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Student with cerebral palsy wins school's geography bee

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UNDATED (NBC) - An 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy won his Arizona school's geography bee and is moving on to the state level competition.

Jackson Lindmark couldn't be happier.

"Very happy. I like people noticing me," he said.

"He constantly smiles. He wakes up with a smile. He goes to bed with a smile...we make friends everyday. Every where we go we make friends," said his mother Monida Lindmark.

He won the school geography bee back in December and all the fifth graders greeted him with high fives and cheers.

"There wasn't a dry eye anywhere. Every single child gave him a high five and a pat on the back. It was his moment," said his teacher Amanda Klick.

Jackson nearly died the night he was born and a few months later his family got the cerebral palsy diagnosis.

"I just decided I'm not going to feel sorry for him. I'm not going to feel sorry for myself. I'm not going to pity him...we're going to treat him like any other kid. Like we always have and always will," said Monida.

In his downtime, Jackson is just like any other kid, playing video games with his brother Holden.

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