WEST VIRGINIA GEOGRAPHIC BEE TAKING PLACE
ON CONCORD UNIVERSITY CAMPUS APRIL 5
ATHENS, W.Va. – The 2013 West Virginia Geographic Bee will be held on the campus of Concord University Friday, April 5. Approximately 75 students from cities and towns across The Mountain State will compete for the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the 25th annual National Geographic Bee being held in Washington, D.C. May 20-22.
The state Bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last November with contests in nearly 11,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated.
While youngsters are competing at Concord on April 5, other students in grades four through eight will participate in state Bees across the United States and U.S. territories that same day. Winners of these state competitions will advance to the national event.
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 third year the West Virginia Geographic Bee has been held at Concord University. Previously, the event was held in Charleston, W.Va.
“My heart beats faster each day with the West Virginia Geographic Bee quickly approaching!” Linda Poff, West Virginia Geographic Bee coordinator, said. “I am excited for all our state participants to arrive and compete in the preliminary competitions as well as the final and championship rounds.
“Will Andrew Christy repeat as the state Geographic Bee champion again, or will it be a different participant? I wonder, in fact, will it be a girl for the first time in our state as the champion? We will soon know in less than a week,” Poff 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. Along with celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Bee this year, the Society is also observing its 125th year in 2013.
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 the 25th 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 landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The top 10 national finalists for 2013 along with last year’s top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in July 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.