Palmer Hittesdorf, a seventh grader at Sleepy Eye Public School (SEPS) and Grace Weldy, an eighth grader at St. Mary’s School won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee.
St. Mary’s held their Bee on Jan. 9 and SEPS held their Bee on Jan. 11. Both students now have a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.
The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. The school winners will now take a written test and 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in the state Bee, held in St. Cloud on April 5.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for state champions to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-22.
The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22, which will be televised.
Coincidentally, both students were named champions on the same question: “Three Gorges Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric power stations in the world, is located on what river that flows into the East China Sea?” The answer: the Yangtze River.
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