West Virginia Geographic Bee Taking Place On Concord University Campus March 31

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2017

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



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ATHENS, W.Va. – The 2017 West Virginia Geographic Bee will be held on the Athens campus of Concord University Friday, March 31. Nearly 70 students from cities and towns across The Mountain State will compete for the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the 29th Annual National Geographic Bee Championship being held in Washington, D.C., May 14-17, 2017. The competition is for students in the fourth through eighth grades.

After the preliminary rounds have been conducted, a tiebreaker round will be held if needed to determine the final 10 participants. The tiebreaker round will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the main theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord.

The final competition and championship round will then be held in the main theater. The top three finishers, including the West Virginia State Champion, will be recognized at the conclusion of the championship round.

The state bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last October with school contests. Participants in Geo Bee competitions include millions of students from thousands of schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

While West Virginia youngsters are competing at Concord on March 31, other students in grades four through eight will participate in their state bees. Winners of these state competitions will advance to the national event.

This is the seventh year that Concord University has hosted the West Virginia Geographic Bee. Linda Poff is coordinator of West Virginia’s state Bee. A graduate of Concord, Poff is also a retired Mercer County teacher and has served as an adjunct instructor in geography at Concord.

“This event gives West Virginia students the opportunity to show their expertise and skill in geographic knowledge, which is an important component of being prepared to lead in our state as well as in the world as they develop into leaders as adults,” 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. The Geo Bee is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, to spark student interest in the subject and to increase public awareness about geography.

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

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.

Visit https://sites.google.com/site/westvirginiastatebee/ to learn more about the West Virginia State Bee.

Go to 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 at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/





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