Carroll Middle School eighth grader Brice McKane and Durham Intermediate School sixth grader Bradley Lund will compete Friday, April 4 at the state level of the 2014 National Geographic Bee. The competition will be held at the Pat May Center in Beford. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 26th year.
McKane and Lund will join thousands of students nationwide in grades four to eight who won their school bee earlier this year and passed qualifying test to determine their state-level eligibility. The National Geographic Society has invited the top hundred scoring students in each state, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories, to compete at the state bees.
State winners will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 19 to 21. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will broadcast the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee on Thursday, May 22.