Eleven fourth-through eighth-grade students at Braham Area High School participated in the school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on Jan. 8.

Thomas McKenzie, a fifth-grade student, won first- place, with Ava Johnson, a seventh-grade student, winning second-place and Lizzy Fix and Logan Leniz, eighth-grade students, finishing in a tie for third-place.

The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also ancient and world civilizations, cultures and physical features.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, more than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.

School champions, including Thomas McKenzie, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee.

The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in Spring 2020. Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Learn more at www.natgeobee.org.

In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.

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