STAMFORD, Conn. -- Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford announced that eighth grader Alex McLeod won the school’s National Geographic Bee competition.
McLeod, who won the competition Tuesday, Jan. 26, has qualified to compete in the first round of the state competition, which brings him closer to the overall prize of a $50,000 college scholarship.
The finalists answered a number of questions on geography as part of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. The students were required to answer some questions orally while other answers were written on individual white boards.
“As a former social studies teacher, I can’t emphasize enough how important geography is in learning the lessons of history,” said Principal Scott Clayton. “Alex also won last year and went on to the state-level competition at Central Connecticut State University. I am very proud of all students who participated.”
Thousands of schools across the United States, and in five U.S. territories, are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions from each participating school will take a test online. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state are eligible to compete in their state Bee, scheduled for April 1, 2016.
Earlier this month, Newfield Elementary School announced its school winner.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C, for each state winner, where they will participate in the national championship rounds in May.
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 National Geographic expedition trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
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