Geographic Bee State Winners Advance to Finals

National Geographic News
April 8, 2003

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They are among the nation's top geography experts—the 55 boys and girls who have won their individual state National Geographic Bee contests and who will now go on to compete for the title of national champion.

National Geographic has released the winners of the 55 state-level National Geographic Bee competition, held across the United States over the past few days.

As many as 100 students in each of the states, Washington, D.C., Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Pacific territories, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, who won their school Bees and then earned a top score on a written exam prepared by the Society, competed to determine the state champions. Each state winner received U.S. $100 and a National Geographic globe, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington for the finals.

The state winners advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21 to vie for the 2003 National Geographic Bee crown, first prize of a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The second- and third-place winners in the national competition will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships respectively. ING Americas, sponsor of the 2003 National Geographic Bee, will also present the national winner with a week's trip to one of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps.

"Jeopardy!" quiz show host Alex Trebek will moderate the national competition for the 15th year. The championship round of the National Geographic Bee will be held at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 21 and will air that day nationally on the National Geographic Channel. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the finals will be broadcast later on public television stations. Check local listings for viewing times.

2003 National Geographic Bee State Winners

William White, 8th Grade, Muscle Shoals Middle School, Muscle Shoals

Ryan Wetherell, 8th Grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau

Steven Kitterman, 8th Grade, Mt. Elden Middle School, Flagstaff

Jacob Felts, 8th Grade, Highland High School, Hardy

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