March 25, 2019 - Sidney Middle School fifth-grader Pratisth Agarwal, son of Krishna and Neha Agarwal, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 Ohio National Geographic State Bee. The state contest will be held at Winchester Trail Elementary, 6865 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio on March 29, 2019.
The National Geographic GeoBee, now in its 31st year, includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Schools conduct a GeoBee with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champion takes a proctored online qualifying tests and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition.
State champions receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship on May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
The 2019 national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2019 National Geographic Bee Championship on Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:
The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska? Nebraska
Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House? White House
Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean? Pacific Ocean
The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert? Africa
What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer? aquifer
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