Siebert a Geography Bee semifinalist
Jack Siebert is one of the National Geographic State Bee semifinalists.
A seventh grader at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School, Siebert is the son of Maryann and John Siebert.
As a semifinalist, he is eligible to compete in the 2016 Wisconsin National Geographic State Bee.
The contest is being held on April 1, in Madison.
It is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year.
School Bees were held with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion.
School champions then took an online qualifying test.
The National Geographic Society 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 book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship.
The national championship will be held May 22-25, at the National Geographic Society headquarters.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including Glacier Bay National Park.
That is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee Championship final round will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 and later on public television stations.
For those wondering how they would fare as a Bee contestant, here are a few of the questions students faced in the school Bees this year, with their answers in parenthesis:
• To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee and ski near Franconia Notch, you would travel to which state – New Hampshire or South Dakota? (New Hampshire).
• Visitors to Biscayne National Park in Florida can go fishing and lobstering along the shore of which kind of habitat — mangrove or desert? (Mangrove).
• Sea kayakers can explore hundreds of islands off the Dalmatian coast of which European country south of Slovenia? (Croatia).
• For centuries, the Chinese emperors lived in seclusion in the Forbidden City, which is located within what present day city? (Beijing).
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. It funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year.
People may visit www.natgeobee.org for more information about the National Geographic Bee.