Kaitlyn Wright, a fifth-grade student at Manchester Elementary School, will compete today in the Washington National Geographic Bee at Pacific Lutheran University.
Earlier this year, competitions were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s National Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Washington in the national finals May 20-22 at National Geographic Society’s headquarters. The national champion receives a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime National Geographic Society membership.