Oren Beckwith, a fourth grade student at Richmond Elementary School in Lise Erickson's class,
won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 18, 2013 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google (visit http://maps.google.com/help/
The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of , with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Oren, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee .
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses –paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championships rounds. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic (visit www.expeditions.com).
Award-winning journalists Soledad O’Brien will moderate the national finals on . The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/
geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for Nook Color.
For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.