Byline: Mo Henzel, Sprague School 4th grade teacher
Alex Ho, a Fourth Grade student at Sprague School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 31st annual National Geographic Bee, a geography bee competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2019 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Alex, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state State GeoBee.
The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 millions students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expense paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II. Learn more at www.natgeobee.org.
National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 2019. It will air later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz, which poses 10 new questions a day and with the National Geographic Geo Quiz Alexa skill, which releases six new questions a day.