James Swenson Announced as SIS Geography Bee Champion

Congratulations to SIS 8th grader, James Swenson, who for the second year in a row has become the Shorewood Intermediate School Geography Bee champion. Last year, James took 5th place in Wisconsin’s State level bee competition and James hopes to return this year to compete again. He will now await his test results from the National Geographic Society and will be notified on March 2 with whether he has qualified for the State Bee.

School GeoBees are held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Then, school champions take an online qualifying test, which they submit to the National Geographic Society; the deadline for the completion of this test is February 7, 2020. The National Geographic Society will next invite 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 GeoBees.
Last year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 17-21, 2020. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2020, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands; second place will receive at $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.
Follow the National competition at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 17-21 at natgeoed.org/experiences.
About the National Geographic Bee: Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Students in grades 4-8 from nearly 10,000 schools participate annually for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.