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Barr’s Noah Pagel gets chance to qualify for State GeoBee


Students from Barr Middle School participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on December 19. Noah Pagel, an 8th grade student, won first place, with Farsen Ismaiel, a 7th grade student, winning second place, and Melisa Kikic, an 8th grade student, finishing third place.

School champions, including Noah Pagel, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in the State GeoBee.

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the Geo Bee.

The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C, next May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands. Learn more at www.natgeobee.org.

In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.

The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through their grants and programs, they aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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