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Foothills Academy student to participate in National Geographic Bee


SCOTTSDALE – Robert DeGruccio, an 8th grade student at Foothills Academy College Preparatory, has won the National Geographic Bee competition for his school and qualifies to compete in the State of Arizona Bee on March 31 at Arizona State University.

In the school bee, students answered detailed questions related to all aspects of geography. This was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee, and DeGruccio competed against over 90 students to win this distinguished title.

Students from thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for each state winner to participate in the Bee National Championship rounds May 15-17, 2017.  The first-place national champion will receive an $85,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.  

The national finals will air on television on May 19, at 6 p.m. Arizona time.