Colin Rehnert, a sixth grade student at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 15, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
During the school-level bee, fifth through eighth grade students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. This year's bee is sponsored by Google
The kickoff for this year's bee was the week of Nov. 11, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Rehnert, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 4.
The National Geographic Society will provide and all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the national championship rounds May 19-21. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will moderate the national finals on May 21. The program will air on television.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet.
Founded in 1888, the society is member supported and offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference.