After winning his school’s geography bee for the second year in a row, Dedham Country Day School fifth grader Matthew Volfson of Canton has qualified for the 2016 Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee, which will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Elms College.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th 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 an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Eligible state Bee competitors must be in grades four through eight, and must have participated in and won the competition at the school level that involved at least six students. At DCD, Ten students from grades 4 through 8 competed for the coveted spot of school-wide geography wiz kid on January 21.
One champion from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held May 22-25 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History,” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated for the first time by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. ET, and later on public television stations.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:
To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee [wi-neh-peh-SAW-kee] and ski near Franconia Notch,
you would travel to which state—New Hampshire or South Dakota?
Visitors to Biscayne National Park in Florida can go fishing and lobstering along the
shore of which kind of habitat—mangrove or desert?
Sea kayakers can explore hundreds of islands off the Dalmatian coast of which
European country south of Slovenia?
For centuries, the Chinese emperors lived in seclusion in the Forbidden City, which is
located within what present-day city?
How did you do?