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Neighbors Growing Together | Feb 19, 2018

Mt. Pleasant Middle School student wins school National Geographic Bee

Reece Kempker moves one step closer to $50,000 scholarship
Feb 01, 2018
Maddison Coey, Reece Kempker, Courtney Raub and Kylie Morizot were finalists in the National Geographic Bee competition in Mt. Pleasant. Reece Kempker took first place and will get to take a qualifying test to see if he can move to state competition.

Reece Kempker, an 8th grade student at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee at which students answered questions on geography was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools around the U.S. and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Reece Kempker, will take a qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20 to 23. The first place 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.

National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 2018. It will air later on public television stations.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the U.S. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz, which poses 10 new questions a day, and with the National Geographic Geo Quiz Alexa skill, which releases six new questions a day. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book: “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha.

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through grants and programs, they aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Their goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www. nationalgeographic.org.

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