Selena Thach, a fifth grade student at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, has qualified to compete at the state level of the National Geographic Bee.
Selena won the school competition earlier this year and then completed a qualifying test through the National Geographic Society. Only the top 100 students in Minnesota were selected to participate in the state bee.
Selena says she’s always loved looking at maps and learning about what’s going on in the world. To prepare for the state bee, she’s been studying with the help of study guides her older sisters gave her after she learned that she qualified.
The state champion will receive a medal, a $100 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Minnesota at the National Geographic Bee Championship, held May 14-18. The national champion will win a $50,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The state competition will take place on Friday, March 31 at Minnesota State University - Mankato.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:
The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?
Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?
The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?
What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer?