BISD Student Advances to State in National Geographic Bee
Congratulations to Lake Jackson Intermediate 7th grader Joseph Dyess for being selected by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 Texas National Geographic State Bee. This state Bee, now in its 28th year, is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. School Bees were held with 4th through 8th graders throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
We wish Joseph the best at the state competition, which will be held on April 1st in Bedford, Texas. State champions will each receive $100, a medal, and the National Geographic book The National Parks: An Illustrated History, and will journey to Washington, D.C. to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters May 22-25, 2016. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee Championship final round will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 27th. Check local television listings for additional air dates and times.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant?
At the school Bees this year, students had to answer geographical questions similar to the following:
- To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee [wi-neh-peh-SAW-kee] and ski near Franconia Notch, you would travel to which state—New Hampshire or South Dakota?
- Visitors to Biscayne National Park in Florida can go fishing and lobstering along the shore of which kind of habitat—mangrove or desert?
- Sea kayakers can explore hundreds of islands off the Dalmatian coast of which European country south of Slovenia?
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
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- For centuries, the Chinese emperors lived in seclusion in the Forbidden City, which is located within what present-day city?