Special to the Times-Record
Erik Johnson, a 8th grade student at Valley City Jr. High won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 14th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Eighth grader, Hunter Olstad, was first runner-up. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This yearâ€™s Bee is sponsored by Google.
The local Jr. High Bee is organized by 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher Dan Bjorum. School winners from across the state, including Erik, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee, April 5th, 2013.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship May 20-22, 2013. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. â€śJeopardy!â€ť host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.