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Geographic bee win moves Waterhouse one step closer to $25,000 scholarship

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HARVARD — Jack Waterhouse, a seventh-grader at The Bromfield School, has won the school-level National Geographic Bee.

His Dec. 20 win gives him a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

Five students each from grades six to eight competed in the event. Participants included sixth-graders Taylor Backer-Verbits, Katya Schweigerhausen, Alan Mintz, Julia Endicott and Ryan Kennedy; seventh-graders Jeff Adleson, Dana Cochrane, Ryan West, Matt Theime and Jack Waterhouse; and eighth-graders , Johjn Wesley, Katie Loveluck, Seby Smelanskas, Eric Hazoury and Hannah Keaney, who was the runner up.

The school-level competition, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 20th annual National Geographic Bee. It’s sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The kickoff event took place the week of Nov. 12, with thousands of schools in the U.S. and five U.S. territories participating.

The school winners, including Waterhouse, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their states’ Geographic Bees April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship to be held May 20 and 21. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals May 21. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Anyone can brush up on geography with GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee. The quiz poses 10 new questions each day from previous National Geographic Bees. The GeoBee Challenge board game also provides geography fun for the whole family. The board game won the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 300 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other media sources. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combatting geographic illiteracy.

For information, visit nationalgeographic.com.

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