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Tanvi Daita Wins Brooklake Elementary School's Geographic Bee, Christian Peterson Wins Ridgedale Middle School's Geographic Bee: Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Tanvi Daita, a 4th grade student at Brooklake Elementary School & Christian Peterson, an 8th grade student at Ridgedale Middle School won their schools’ competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.  The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 Bee. The school champions, including Tanvi Daita & Christian Peterson, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.  Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.  Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

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National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 2018.  It will air later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee.  The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.  Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at 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.  In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book: “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha.

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education.  Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding.  Our goal is measurable impact:  furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire soluctions for the greater good.  For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Beth Karl, a 5th grade teacher at Brooklake Elementary School, has conducted this competition for the past 11 years at Brooklake Elementary School and Katy Smoot, a middle school social studies teacher, conducted this competition for Ridgedale Middle School.

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