8th grader named semifinalist in PA geography bee
A Fort Couch Middle School student has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 Pennsylvania State Geographic Bee. Eighth grader Atharva Barve scored among the top 104 on the qualifying exam that was administered to school-level champs throughout Pennsylvania.
The 2017 Pennsylvania Geographic Bee – the state level of the National Geographic Bee – will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. The National Geographic Bee, in its 29th year, is open to students in grades four through eight.
The state winner will represent Pennsylvania in the National Geographic Bee finals May 14-17, 2017, at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The national winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip, and $500 cash. The second place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The third place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The fourth through 10th place winners receive $500 cash each.
The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.