STEVENSVILLE – Stevensville Middle School’s Thomas Walthall knows in which state the North and South Platte Rivers meet.

He can tell you where Angkor Wat is located too.

And if you ever need to know which country occupies the easternmost part of the Horn of Africa, ask Walthall.

These were just of the questions Walthall and others competing in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee were asked at recently completed school geography bees.

The National Geographic Society recently notified the seventh grader that he is one of 100 fourth through eighth grade students selected to compete in the April 6, 2018 Montana National Geographic State Bee that will be held at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

This is the second level of the national competition. To earn a chance to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship, an all-expense paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands about the new National Geographic Endeavour II and a lifetime membership to the Society, the school champions had to complete a qualifying test.

The final round of the national contest will be streamed on May 24, 2018 at

Walthall is the son of Jennifer and Eric Walthall.

In case you don't know, the answers to the questions above are Nebraska, Cambodia and Somalia.