Local elementary student named National Geographic Geography Bee champion

Courtesy photo Top Three School Bee winner  Yash Patel, Shrey Shah and Avni Shah  with principal Mrs Kelley Paradis and National Geo organizer and teacher Mrs. Barbetta.

On January 3, Yash Patel, a fifth grade student at Main Dunstable Elementry School, and a second time champion, won the school-level championship competition of the National Geographic Bee, moving him one step closer to the national championship and a $50,000 college scholarship. The top 3 participants were, Yash Patel, Shrey Shah and Avni Shah.

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition. State champions then travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship.

As Main Dunstable’s winner, Yash Patel will take a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top scorers on this written exam from each state will then face each other in their statewide Geographic Bee in April. In May 2019, state champions will participate in the national competition in Washington, DC, with the winner earning the national title, a $50,000 college scholarship.

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. 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-expense-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavor II. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

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

This year marks the 31th 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.

National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. They fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate, and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more.

For more information, visit  www.nationalgeographic.org.

For information:  http://nationalgeographic.org/bee.