Seventh grader, Sofia Frohna, recently won the Culver City Middle School Geographic Bee and moves one step closer to $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answer oral questions on geography, was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and ING America, one of the world’s largest integrated financial services companies. Second place went to seventh-grader Dylan Blaisdell.
The kickoff for this year’s GeoBee was in November, 2010, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Sophia, took a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state are eligible to compete in their state GeoBee. Sophia passed the test and is on her way to Sacramento to compete as Culver City Middle School’s third participant in the state competition in the last decade.
For winners of the state competition, the National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts. State champions will participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 24 and 25. The first-place national winner will receive a $ 25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 25, and the program will air on the National Geographic channel, and afterward on PBS. Check local listings for dates and times.
Anyone can brush up on the GeoBee challenge, an online geography quiz at www.Nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses five new questions a day from previous National Geographic Bees. The GeoBee challenge board game, sold at Target stores nationwide, also provides geography fun for the whole family. The board game recently won the Prestigious Parents’ Choice Award.