The Star-Herald

Easton student wins school competition for National Geographic Bee

EASTON, Maine — Alexander Hale, an eighth grade student at Easton Junior/Senior High School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship on Jan. 3. 

The school bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 32nd annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2020 Bee. The school champions, including Alexander, will 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 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 2020. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society — including a subscription to National Geographic magazine — and a trip to the Galápagos Islands.  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 nationalgeographic.com, 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, available on the App Store.

For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.

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