WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014)—On Friday, April 4, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S.
Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S.
The winner of the national competition receives a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
The top 10 national finalists for 2014 along with next 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 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell said, “The National Geographic Bee is just one of the many ways National Geographic is fulfilling its mission to inspire people to care about the planet.
Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering, Google Earth and Maps, said, “We’re proud to continue our sponsorship of the National Geographic Bee and to encourage the next generation of explorers and innovators.
National Geographic developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Plum Creek is one of the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the nation with approximately 8.4 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. National Geographic Bee logo, plus an indented grip area and screw off cap with a hole to attach or hang from a backpack. This green GeoBee ballpoint pen folds up and hangs from a 34" safety lanyard so you're always ready for note-taking.
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson is a 13-year-old seventh grader at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, near San Francisco. Pranit Nanda is a 14-year-old eighth grader at Aurora Quest K-8 School in Aurora, east of Denver. Ansel Ahabue is a 13-year-old eighth grader at Trickum Middle School in Lilburn, near Atlanta.


Nicholas Rommel is a 12-year-old seventh grader at Diamond Middle School in Lexington, northwest of Boston. Kyle Yu is a 13-year-old eighth grader at Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake, a suburb of Cleveland.
Krish Patel is a 14-year-old eighth grader at Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, northwest of Charleston. Asha Jain is a 14-year-old eighth grader at Minocqua-Hazelhurst- Lake Tomahawk Elementary School in Minocqua, northwestern Wisconsin. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the state Bees.
Second- and third-place finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.
Maps are such an integral part of how we live and do business, and it’s important that we continue to invest in geographic literacy and education.
The championship round featuring the top 10 finalists — moderated for the first time by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien — will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at the National Geographic Society. Trebek moderated the National Geographic Bee for 25 years, from its inception in 1989 to 2013.
Earlier this year, National Geographic appointed Daniel Beaupre as the new executive director of geography competitions and student experiences. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference.
Reward students for their efforts with this participation certificate that can be signed by our schoola€™s GeoBee coordinator and principal. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.
His Academic Team will be taking part in the National Academic Championship later this month. Organized by the National Geographic Society, the 2014 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google.


Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos 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.
The students who participate in the National Geographic Bee have demonstrated an impressive understanding of the world and its many wonders, and we are proud that young minds across the globe are using Google products to learn and collaborate. He is just the second Bee director in the contest’s 26-year history, replacing Mary Lee Elden who retired in 2013. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events.
Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. An avid downhill skier, he also enjoys playing tennis, playing the violin, and learning foreign languages including Mandarin. He plays the clarinet in his school’s top band and is a first degree black belt in tae kwon do. Travel for the Galapagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Beaupre will oversee the annual school-, state- and national-level National Geographic Bees and the biennial National Geographic World Championship.
National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.
He has hiked to the top of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest point, and last summer he biked 27 miles on the Cape Cod Bikeway. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.



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