HBMS, LTMS students named Texas Geographic Bee Semifinalists

Jakob DeBlock  - Lake Travis Middle School

Jakob DeBlock - Lake Travis Middle School

Stefan Schultz   -  Hudson Bend Middle School

Stefan Schultz - Hudson Bend Middle School

Jakob DeBlock, 7th grade student at Lake Travis Middle School, and Stefan Schultz, 8th grade student at Hudson Bend Middle School, won their school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.  

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 Bee.  The school champions, including Jakob and Stefan, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31. 

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17.  The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to a national park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The national finals will air on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations.