W-F eighth grader to compete in Madison
Jakob Mills is among the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Wisconsin National Geographic State Bee.
He is an eighth grader at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School.
The state contest is set for Friday, March 31, in Madison.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th 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, the 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 Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship.
That championship will be held May 14-17. at the National Geographic Society headquarters.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expense paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip will be provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19.
Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date.
People may visit www.natgeobee.org for more information about the National Geographic Bee.