Brooke Bowman, an 8th grade student at Trinity Lutheran School in Hoyleton, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 9 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 Bee. The school champions, including Brooke, will take a written test; 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 27.
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 11-13, 2015.
Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will moderate the national finals on May 13. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.