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March 13, 2015
Westbrook Intermediate Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist
Westbrook Intermediate’s Steven Wu is on his way to the 2015 Texas National Geographic State Bee. The 8th
grader was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one
of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the annual Geography Bee
sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at the Pat
May Center in Bedford, TX, on Friday, March 27, 2015.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th
year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through
eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school
champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they
submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic
Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the
50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents
Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Wu, the son of Simon Wu and Wendy Pan, will be busier than many
students in March as he also qualified for the Math Counts State
Competition. That competition is being held in Austin on March 28, the
day after the Geography Bee.
Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in
the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National
Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion
will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in
the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one
parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where
he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters
with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is
provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:
Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, play football near the
source of the Ohio River in which state—Alabama or Pennsylvania?
Balboa Park, with more than ten museums, performing arts centers, and gardens, is located in which southern California city?
Swift performed songs from her album Red last summer in Kuala Lumpur,
the capital of which Asian country that borders the South China Sea?
blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle,
which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located
on which European peninsula?