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CCUSD students to compete in National Geographic State Bee

3/8/17

CAVE CREEK – Desert Willow Elementary School 5th grader Nicholas Keegan and Sonoran Trails Middle School 7th grader Kevan Ata-Abadi have both been named semifinalists for the 2017 Arizona National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus – Memorial Union Building, 2nd level on Friday, March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees 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, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date.

At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these: ‘The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?’; ‘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?’; and ‘What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?’

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling, and education, supporting educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.