Samuel L., a sixth grade student at Hampton Park Christian School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he has once again earned the privilege of competing South Carolina National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the Brookland Baptist Church Community Resource Center in West Columbia on Friday, March 31, 2016. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year.
School Bees 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. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Each state champion will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 15-17, 2017. The national champion receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip, and $500 cash. The 2nd place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The third place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The 4th -10th place winners receive $500 cash each.