The Star-Herald

Easton student is state Bee finalist

EASTON, Maine — Alexander Hale, son of Heather and Jeremy Hale and an eighth-grader at Easton Junior/Senior High School, has been named a semifinalist in the state Geography Bee.

Hale was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 Maine National Geographic State Bee, to be held at the University of Maine at Farmington on Friday, March 27.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition.  School-wide contests were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. 

The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

The state champion will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship in May at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. 

Second- and third-place winners will receive a $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarship, respectively, and a $1,000 cash prize.

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