Eighth graders William Browning of Flat Rock Middle and Tyler Odom of Rising Starr Middle will put their geographic knowledge to the test later this month as two of only 100 students invited to the Georgia National Geographic State Bee of the National Geographic Society.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Students in grades four to eight who won their school bee earlier this year took a qualifying test to determine their state-level eligibility. The National Geographic Society invites the top 100 scoring students in each state, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories, to compete at the state bees.
Thousands of students nationwide are expected to take part in the contests. Georgia’s competition will be held on March 27 at the Georgia College of Arts and Sciences in Milledgeville.
State winners will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national championship, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 11-13. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the island’s unique wildlife and landscapes.