25 January, 2017
On January 12 Matthew Bevins, 4th grader at Apollo Elementary, won Apollo’s National Geographic Bee competition, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. This was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participate in the National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Matthew Bevins, will take a qualifying test, and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to a compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.
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 on May 15-17, 2017. 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 a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 pm EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates and times.
Congratulations to all of the Apollo school finalists who competed on stage this year: Aaron M., Aashna S., Caleb H., Chayton M., Diego P., Ethan Kwong., Jeevan M., Matthew B., Rachel K., Vanshika S.! Thank you to Ms. Ferranti for being the teacher coordinator this year. Many thanks also to Carol Ann Witschi from the City of Renton, for joining us as judges. Lastly, thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this exciting event! We all wish Matthew the best of luck!
Information and photo courtesy of Laura Ni, parent volunteer