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GeoBee Alber

Victor eighth grade student Cale Alber earned the title of school GeoBee champion and qualified for the Montana GeoBee to be held March 29, at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

Six Bitterroot Valley students in fourth through eighth grade have qualified to compete at the Montana level of the National Geographic Bee.

Competitors won their school competition then took a proctored online test to become one of the 100 top test scorers in the state.

Cale Alber, eighth grade, Victor; Caitlin Nelson, sixth grade, Corvallis; Cullen Duggan, eighth grade, Darby; Brandon Scheffler, eighth grade, Florence-Carlton; Christopher Truax, eighth grade, Hamilton; and Zane Svaren, fourth grade, Stevensville, have qualified to compete at the Montana GeoBee competition on March 29 at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

The winner of the state competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee National Championship.

National competitors will compete for cash, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 to increase the geographic knowledge of students in the United States. Since then, over 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. It is a geography competition designed to pique students’ curiosity about the world and reward their study efforts.

Questions cover geography, cultures, physical features, history and earth science. For example: “The Agean, Ioian, and Adriatic Seas are all part of which larger sea? A. Mediterranean, b. Caribbean or c. Baltic” or “Which South American country was a member of OPEC until 1992? A. Ecuador, b. Chile or c. Argentina.”

The National Geographic Society, a nonprofit, invests in people, transformative ideas, exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education.

According to the National Geographic Society webpage, they work to “create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.”

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