Dyess Named Semifinalist in 2017 Texas National Geographic State Bee

Dyess Named Semifinalist in 2017 Texas National Geographic State Bee
Posted on 03/03/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Dyess Named Semifinalist in 2017 Texas National Geographic State BeeLake Jackson Intermediate eighth grader Joseph Dyess has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2017 Texas National Geographic State Bee.

Joseph Dyess State Finalist at Geographic Bee

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which will be held at the Pat May Professional Development Center in Bedford, Texas on March 31. The first round of competition was held in schools with students in grades 4-8 throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions like Dyess took a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society for review. Joseph is the only student in Brazoria County to gain eligibility for this second level of competition. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees. Congratulations and we wish you the best Joseph Dyess!

State champions will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The 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 Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. 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 National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?

Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?
White House

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting​ ​​away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which​ ​ocean?
Pacific Ocean

The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?

What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?
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