WEST VIRGINIA GEOGRAPHIC BEE TAKING PLACE ON CU CAMPUS
ATHENS, W.Va. – The 2012 West Virginia Geographic Bee will be held on the campus of Concord University Friday, March 30. Eighty students from throughout West Virginia will compete.
While youngsters are competing at Concord, other students in grades four through eight will participate in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories that same day. State winners will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. May 22-24, 2012.
The Bee at Concord begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. After the preliminary rounds have been conducted, a tie breaker round will be held if needed at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the main theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. The final competition and championship round will begin at 3 p.m. in the main theater. The top three finishers will be recognized at the conclusion of the championship round.
This is the second year the West Virginia Geographic Bee has been held at Concord University. Previously, the event was held in Charleston, W.Va.
“We are excited to be hosting the West Virginia Geographic Bee for the second year at Concord University,” Linda Poff, West Virginia Geographic Bee coordinator, said. “We are thrilled to be welcoming the 80 participants on March 30, 2012 to Concord. They will be greeted with the same ‘southern hospitality’ as in the past.
“This year the state Bee participants will have the opportunity to ‘step’ onto the continent of North America. The huge traveling map of the continent, 26 feet by 35 feet, will be in the gym on Bee day for the participants to explore before the preliminary competition begins,” she said.
National Geographic developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.
Organized by the National Geographic Society, this year’s Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google Inc. At the state level, the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.
Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals in May and the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.
First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.
Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The top 10 national finalists for 2012 along with next year’s top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the international National Geographic World Championship in 2013, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for additional information on the National Geographic Bee. Visitors to the site can hone their geography skills with the GeoBee Challenge game.
Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.