Aaron Morrison, an eighth-grade student at Barnet School, won the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 5 and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship. The school-level Bee, where students answer oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. This year's Bee is sponsored by Google (visit www.google.com/educators/geo).
Ten students participated in the school-level competition facilitated by teachers Ron Sicard, Caroline Adams and Cindy Mosedale. They include: Grade 4, Brette Stone and Molly Young; Grade 5, Alyssa Morrison and Michaela Roy; Grade 6, Ethan Mosedale and Daelan Roosa; Grade 7, Isiah Reid and Destiny Somers; Grade 8, Aaron Morrison and Hannah Roberts.
The kick-off for this year's Bee was the week of Nov. 14, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Aaron, next take a written test and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 30.
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's national championship rounds May 22-24, 2012. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 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). "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebeck will moderate the national finals on May 24. 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 Bee Challenge" app with more than 1000 questions culled from the past Bees, from the App Store on iPhone, iPod, iTouch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for the Nook Color.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest non-profit scientific educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the Society's mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television; documentaries; music; radio; films; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9600 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.