Melior wins BCMS Geographic Bee
February 2, 2017
Boundary County Middle School eighth grader
Emmet Melior won the school competition of the
National Geographic Bee on January 26, along
with a chance to win a $50,000 college
scholarship. The Idaho school champions,
including Melior, will take a qualifying test,
with the 100 top scorers being eligible to
compete in the State Bee on March 31.
The school Bee, in which students answered
questions on geography, was the first round in
the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States
and in the five U.S. territories are
participating in the 2017 National Geographic
The National Geographic Society will provide an
all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for
state winners to participate in the Bee national
championship rounds May 15-17.
The first-place national champion will receive a
$50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime
membership in the Society, including a
subscription to National Geographic magazine,
and a trip to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The national finals will air on television May
19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic
Channel and Nat Geo Wild, and later on public
television stations. Check local listings for
dates and times.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge by
downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee
Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions
culled from past bees, which is available on the
App Store and the Android Market. The App can be
downloaded on most devices, including the
iPhone, iPad, Android and the Nook Color.
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passionate belief in the power of science,
exploration and storytelling to change the
world. We fund hundreds of research and
conservation projects around the globe each
year. With the support of our members and
donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach
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