Lanesville student named state Geographic Bee semifinalist
Bradley Outland, a seventh-grade student at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, was recently notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 Indiana National Geographic State Bee. He is the son of Jason and Jill Outland.
The contest will take place Friday, April 1, in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Lecture Hall.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year. School bees took place in Indiana schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test.
The National Geographic Society invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book ‘The National Parks: An Illustrated History’ and a medal and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters May 22 through 25.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion, along with one parent or guardian, also will travel on an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion and to Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated for the first time by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. and later on public television stations.