Elise Sheehe, an eighth grade student at Amity Middle School in Bethany, is the champion of the school-wide Geography Bee. Elise was notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Connecticut State Competition. The contest was held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on March 29, 2019.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth grade through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society 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 on May 19-22, 2019. Students who come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
Each state champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019 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 II; second place will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.