A collection of local students have advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Virginia State Competition. The contest will be held at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. on Friday, March 29.
The students eligible to compete in the semifinals are: Deven Hagen — Haycock Elementary School; Thomas Tillemann — Lemon Road Elementary School; Ketevan Gallagher — Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School; Krishnan Shankar — Longfellow Middle School and Caroline Clinton — Jackson Middle School.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees 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, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.
This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22. Students who come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.