EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eight Eastchester Middle School students have qualified for the final round of the local National Geographic Society’s Geographic Bee, which will take place at the middle school next week.
At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, in room S211, students will compete for the right to move on to the next level of competition. They'll take a written exam, which will determine who competes on the state level.
Students throughout the country in grades four through eight are eligible for the bee.
State winners will then compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. in May, during an event that will be hosted by Alex Trebek of TV's "Jeopardy." The winner of the national competition earns a $25,000 scholarship, free travel and several other perks.
This will be the silver anniversary of the geographic bee. Thousands of schools throughout the country participate in the event, using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.
The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in the classroom, to spark student interest in the subject, and to increase public awareness about geography.