Braden​ ​Eisenbacher​, a 4th grader at Bert Raney Elementary and Sanjana​ ​Pullan​, a 7th grader at YME Middle School won the school competitions of the National Geographic Bee held at YME on December 12 and 13 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bees, at which students answered questions on geography, were the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 Bee. The school champions, including Braden​ and Sanjana​, will take a qualifying test in January; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible ton compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018.

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 from May 20-23, 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip and $500 cash.

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

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Best of luck, Braden and Sanjana!!