Arkansas's Top Geography Students Compete in State Bee Friday

Arkansas's Top Geography Students Compete in State Bee Friday

Winner goes to the national contest in Washington, D.C.
CONWAY, AR - One hundred students from all across Arkansas will compete at UCA in Conway on Friday for a spot in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee.

The national contest for students in grades four through eight is next month in Washington, D.C.

Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to  the national finals May 20-22 and the chance to be crowned the 25th National Geographic Bee champion.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.

The top 10 national finalists for 2013 along with last year’s top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in July, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“2013 is a special year for us as we celebrate two important anniversaries: the Society’s 125th and the National Geographic Bee’s 25th. As we look to the future — and an exciting new age of exploration — our work of fostering young talent who will be the scientists, explorers and brightest minds of tomorrow is more important than ever. Through the National Geographic Bee and our other activities, we hope to encourage a lifelong passion for learning about the world and its many wonders, challenges and opportunities for exploration and discovery,” says John Fahey, National Geographic Society chairman and CEO.

The preliminary rounds of the national contest will take place on Monday, May 20. The championship round featuring the top 10 finalists — moderated by “Jeopardy!” quizmaster Alex Trebek for the 25th year — will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at the National Theater in Washington, D.C.

For the first and only time, tickets for the national finals are on sale to the public (click here for more information).

The National Geographic GeoBee Challenge app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or on Google Play.
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