The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Nicolas H, an eighth grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. 2020 marks the fifth consecutive year that Nicolas has been the school champion at Shorecrest and has advanced to the state level. He placed third in the 2019 State Competition. The contest will be held at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, on Friday, March 27, 2020.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state for students in fourth through eighth grades. State champions will 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 where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships.
The 2020 National Championship will take place May 18-21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters. The 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. Follow the national competition online at www.natgeobee.org
How would you fare as a National Geographic GeoBee contestant? At the school GeoBees this year, students had to answer questions like these:
Which state is located west of Lake Huron—Minnesota or Vermont?
A savanna elephant’s daily amount of dung contains more than 3,000 seeds. Savanna elephants can be found in Namibia and Mozambique on what continent?
Which country does not border the Atlantic Ocean—Moldova, Angola, or Ireland?
The ancient Babylonians of Mesopotamia developed an early example of what basic counting machine that is still in use today—abacus or sundial?
Government designated preserves have helped protect giant tortoises in the Seychelles, a country made up of over one hundred islands located north of Madagascar in what ocean?
Host of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo is the most populous city in which European country that was once a part of Yugoslavia?
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Volcanic activity under Yellowstone National Park creates great spouts of heated water that erupt out of the ground. These water eruptions are called what—geysers or cyclones?
Once the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Tacoma is a major port and industrial city in which northwestern state?
The Matterhorn is an iconic peak in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and what other country?