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National Geographic Bee Winners Head to State
National Geographic Bee Winners Head to State

Four Minnetonka students move one step closer to a $50,000 College Scholarship in the National Geographic Bee.

The following students showed their expertise in geography by winning their school-specific National Geographic Bees and also finishing in the top 100 on the qualifier test for the state level.

  • From Excelsior: Cooper Dobbins – 4th grade
  • From Deephaven: Lucas Brama – 5th grade
  • From MME: Gautam Venkatesh – 6th grade
  • From MMW: Andrew Petouvis – 6th grade
We want to send a special congratulations to Cooper, who is the only 4th grader to finish in the Minnesota top 100!

This 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 United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. They are now eligible to compete in the state Bee on April 6, 2018.

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 20-23, 2018. 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. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. 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 United States. 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.

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