Troy Howard sixth-grade student to represent school in state geography bee
Clayton Wilson has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 Maine National Geographic State Bee. The sixth-grade student attends Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast and is the son of Amy Robbins-Wilson and Tim Wilson.
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At school bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:
The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state — New Mexico or Nebraska?
Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814 — the Washington Monument or the White House?
Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?
The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?
What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater — an arroyo or an aquifer?
The state bee will take place Friday, March 31, at University of Maine at Farmington and marks the second level of competition. Wilson won his school bee and had to take a qualifying test to compete at the state level. The National Geographic Society invited 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 state bees, according to a press release from the society.
Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m.
Visit natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.