Rocky River Middle School student Nathan Budge qualified to compete in the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee.
Nathan qualified for the Bee by winning his school competition and earning a high enough score on a qualifying test to compete at the Ohio State Bee on April 6. This is the second level of competition, now in its 30th year. The top 100 high-scoring students in each state are invited to compete at the state level.
Ohio’s champion will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, to be held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. National Geographic will stream the final round of the Championship at www.natgeobee.org.
To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state is doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World 2nd Edition, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship. Students who come in second place will receive $150, and third place receives $100.
The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, a subscription to National Geographic magazine, an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.