Friday, April 18, 2014
Earlier this month, more than 100 fourth- to eighth-grade geography whizzes from across the U.S. participated in the state-level competitions of the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.
In the South Carolina Bee, Pinewood Prep eighth grader Krish Patel claimed the state champion title for the fourth consecutive year.
Patel received $100, two world atlases and an indoor weather station. In May, he and his parents will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he will compete for a chance to be crowned the National Geographic Bee champion.
The state bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The first level began last November, with contests in nearly 12,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated.
The preliminary rounds of the national contest will take place on May 19. The championship round featuring the top 10 finalists — moderated for the first time by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien — will be held on May 21 at the National Geographic Society.
The national contest will be aired on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on May 22, and later on local public television stations.
The winner of the national competition receives a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expense paid trip to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.
Individuals interested in honing their geography skills can play the Nat Geo Bee Challenge Game at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee or download the Geo Bee Challenge app for iPhone or iPad.