Eli Browne ’23 was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee California State Competition. The contest will be held in Fresno on Friday, March 29, 2019. This is Eli's second opportunity to compete at the state level; last year, he finished 19th. He's hoping for a top-ten finish this year.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited 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. More than 500 schools in California alone participated this year.
This 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 19-22, 2019. Students who come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.