WEST ORANGE, NJ - Fifth-grade Gregory Elementary School student Atticus Horne won for the second consecutive year and Ryan Hains was the runner-up at the National Geographic Bee ("Geobee") on Feb. 2.
The school bee, where students answered questions on geography, was the first round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Atticus Horne, will take a qualifying test, and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.
The National Finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. The winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the "National Geographic GeoBee Challenge" app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.