Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

Branford, CT, 22 January 2016—Julian D., a first-year student at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee Friday, 22 January and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

2016 National Geographic Geography 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 Julian, 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 April 1, 2016.

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 22 -25, 2016. 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 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 Geographic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at, which poses ten new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch, and iPad, as well as from the Android Market or for NOOK Color.

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2016 National Geographic Geography Bee