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Randall Jones Wins GBW Geographic Bee

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(From left): Geography Bee winner, Randall Jones, Mrs. Priester, and Brian Bogert, Geography Bee runner-up.

Randall Jones, a fifth-grader at Greenbriar West Elementary, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 14, and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 21st annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The kickoff for this year’s Bee took place during the week of Nov. 10, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including, Randall Jones, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 3.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 19 and 20. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society. The winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid.