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Neighbors Growing Together | Feb 23, 2018

Students participate in Geography Bee

By Chad Hippen, Lincoln Elementary teacher | Jan 22, 2018
From left to right are: second place Lucas Zahs, first place Summit Keith and third place Max Anderson.

Summit Keith, a fifth-grade student at Lincoln Elementary, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 18, and has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Summit, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May. It will air later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee.

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