Hunter Midcap Of Wheeling Named West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 31 2017

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


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State Competition Held at Concord University


ATHENS, W.Va. – Hunter Midcap of Wheeling, an 8th grader from St. Michael Parish School, is the first place winner in the 2017 West Virginia Geographic Bee. The event was held today (Friday, March 31) at Concord University. Midcap is a repeat champion for the state Bee. He also won the competition in 2015.

Midcap will represent West Virginia in the 29th annual national competition in Washington, D.C. May 14-17, 2017. The winner of that contest will be the National Geographic Bee Champion.

A field of approximately 70 4th through 8th graders from across the Mountain State competed in the 2017 West Virginia Geographic Bee. Second place winner is Joss Poteet of Shenandoah Junction, a 6th grader representing Wildwood Middle School. Third place went to Addison Hough of Martinsburg, an 8th grader from St. Joseph School.

While youngsters were competing at Concord, other students participated in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories the same day.

Each State Bee champion 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 in May.

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. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The 2017 National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. The West Virginia Geographic Alliance provides additional support for the state Bee.

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Hunter Midcap 2017 West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion


Left to right: Addison Hough, Third Place; Hunter Midcap, First Place; and Joss Poteet, Second Place




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