HBMS, LTMS students take next step in National Geographic Bee contest

Canion Hempel and Colin Miller are really good at geography. The Hudson Bend Middle School eighth-grader and Lake Travis Middle School sixth-grade student, respectively, won their school competition of the National Geographic Bee in January and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.  The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

HBMS 8th grader Canion Hempel

HBMS 8th grader Canion Hempel

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee.  The school champions, including Canion and Colin, will take a qualifying test, and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1.

LTMS 6th grader Colin Miller

LTMS 6th grader Colin Miller

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 22-25.  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 a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations.

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products, and events.  National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation, and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy.  

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.