|3/21/2013 10:36:00 AM|
Almendinger qualifies for state Geography Bee
Conrad Almendinger, a North Branch eighth grader, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2013 Minnesota National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee. Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Bee winner. School-level winners than took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.
In each of the 50 stats, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scorers to compete at the state level. Conrad is the son of Kevin and Karen Almendinger. The 2013 Minnesota National Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University Friday, April 5. The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD, and a trip to Washington D.C., to represent Minnesota in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-22, 2013.
The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian, all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galapagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee. National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild will aire the final round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, on Thursday, May 23 (on public television stations). Please check local television listings for date and time in your area.