Sanjana Pullan, a 5th grader at Bert Raney Elementary and Damian Rhode, an 8th grader at YME Middles School won the school competitions of the National Geo-graphic Bee in mid-Dec-ember and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bees, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

Sanjana Pullan, a 5th grader at Bert Raney Elementary and Damian Rhode, an 8th grader at YME Middles School won the school competitions of the National Geo-graphic Bee in mid-Dec-ember and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bees, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Sanjana and Damian , will take a qualifying 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 1.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22 - 25. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geo-graphic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The national finals will air on television on the National Geo-graphic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

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