Jesse Joslin, an eighth grader from Bell Buckle, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 Tennessee National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Tennessee State University in Nashville on March 29.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 31st 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, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.
Each state champion will receive $1,000, other prizes 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 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second place will receive $300 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $$25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, 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. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarships, respectively, and $1,000 in cash. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.