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April 3, 2013

Georgia College hosts State Geography Bee Friday

WASHINGTON —  

On Friday, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in state-level Geographic Bees, competing for a spot in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. 

Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the state Bees. 

Students from across Georgia will compete Friday in the state-level competition at Georgia College’s Arts & Sciences Building with preliminary rounds beginning at 12:45 p.m. followed by a final round at 3 p.m.

Organized by the National Geographic Society, the 2013 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google. At the state level, the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.

Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national finals May 20-22 and the chance to be crowned the 25th National Geographic Bee champion.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The top 10 national finalists for 2013 along with last year's top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in July, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“2013 is a special year for us as we celebrate two important anniversaries: the Society's 125th and the National Geographic Bee's 25th,” said John Fahey, National Geographic Society CEO and chairman. “As we look to the future - and an exciting new age of exploration - our work of fostering young talent who will be the scientists, explorers and brightest minds of tomorrow is more important than ever. Through the National Geographic Bee and our other activities, we hope to encourage a lifelong passion for learning about the world and its many wonders, challenges and opportunities for exploration and discovery.”

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