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National Geo Bee at Brayton

Tabitha Collins a 5th student at Brayton School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 31, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Tabitha, take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first- place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

We are very proud of Tabitha and all of the other nine semi-finalists (1st runner-up Thomas Ryan, Maria Kristina Lasam, Alasdair Eck, Charlotte Leck, James Sargeant, Ryan Barber, John Burrows, Brendan Mathey and Owen Yu). The questions in the Geo Bee are extremely difficult, and these contestants showed perseverance, knowledge and grit as they answered a number of them correctly. Our congratulations go out to all of them.

Geo Bee winners and semi-finalists in a photo.

Top row: Tabitha Collins (school winner), Owen Yu, Ryan Barber, John Burrows, Bredan Mathey

Bottom row: James Sargeant, Alasdair Eck, Thomas Ryan (runner-up), Charlotte Leck, Maria Kristina Lasam