Fox Valley students earn semifinalist spots at state geography bee

The National Geographic Society announced seven local semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Illinois National Geographic Bee. The Illinois competition will be April 4 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

“It means a lot to me, because this is one of my favorite subjects,” said Shobhit Singh, of Granger Middle School. “It is my dream to be a National Geographic Bee winner.”

Bees took place in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores were invited to compete at the state level.

Along with Singh, students Tanya Iyer (Kennedy Junior High), Kevin Li (Scullen Middle School), Justin Osburn (Washington Junior High), Thomas Buwick (Bethany Lutheran School), Aryaman Rajnish (Lincoln Junior High) and Ethan Summers (Plank Jr. High) will represent their schools at the Illinois competition.

The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where she will represent Illinois in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19 through 21.

The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos.

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