The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.
Austin P., a fifth-grade student at EDS, won the school competition of the 30th annual National Geographic Bee on Friday, January 5, along with a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
Reid B. was the second-place winner, and Frank A. placed third. Additional bee competitors included Davis P., Will M., Mary Holmes P., Ben S., North G., Carter H., and Belle G.
Thousands of schools around the United and the five U.S. territories participate in the National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Austin, will take a qualifying test, and up to one hundred of the top scorers will be eligible to compete in the state Bee in April.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds in May. In addition to a college scholarship, the first-place national champion will receive a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, a Nat Geo magazine subscription, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
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