Queen Creek Middle School 7th-grader, Matthew Dillon has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the Arizona State GeoBee. The contest will be held in Tucson, AZ on Friday, March 29, 2019. At the State GeoBee, Matthew will have the opportunity to compete for a spot at the National GeoBee Championship and has the potential to win a college scholarship worth thousands of dollars.
School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Arizona. The Queen Creek Middle School GeoBee was held in January. Matthew took first place, followed by Colin B. and Rowan L. Matthew then took an online qualifying test, which he 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.
Students who win the State GeoBee will advance to the National Championship, which is now in its 31st year. At Nationals, students will compete for cash awards and college scholarships. The National Championship will be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 19-22.
This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.
Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.
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About the GeoBee
Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Students in grades 4-8 from nearly 10,000 schools participate annually for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.