Rohan Joseph wins Troy Howard National Geographic GeoBee

Feb 04, 2019
Courtesy of: Christopher Lavalle GeoBee winners at Troy Howard Middle School are, from left: Rohan Joseph, Clayton Wilson, Alec Rolfe and Scott Wallace. Rohan now goes on to compete at the state level.

Belfast — Students from Troy Howard Middle School participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee Jan. 31, with sixth-grader Rohan Joseph winning first place.

Scott Wallace, a seventh-grade student, won second place, and Clayton Wison and Alec Rolfe, both eighth-graders, tied for third place.

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 GeoBee.

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

Winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

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

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through its grants and programs, the society aspires 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.

The society's goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit






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