Menlo Park Academy middle school student Clement L. has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Ohio National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held in Columbus, OH on Friday, March 27, 2015.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- 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 has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
In addition to this exciting opportunity, Clement is also busy preparing for upcoming participation in MPA Math Club competitions and the nationally sponsored You Be the Chemist Competition (in which he placed 3rd in state last year). To cheer him on in Columbus, Clement will be surrounded by his family, including his sister who also attends MPA, and National Geography Bee academic lead, Mrs. Leslie Weber. The extended MPA community will be cheering him on from home!
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