Two middle schoolers to compete in state Geographic Bee

Two middle schoolers to compete in state Geographic Bee

Two Charles County Public Schools middle school students – Milton M. Somers Middle School sixth grader Haakon Berglund and Piccowaxen Middle School seventh grader Hargunn Sandhu – will compete April 1 in the Maryland National Geographic Bee.

Students who earn the top spot in Geography Bee events coordinated by their schools advance to the state level of competition. Additionally, both Berglund and Sandhu completed an online qualifying test. Each year, students in grades four through eight participate in the National Geographic Bee coordinated at their schools. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography.

Featured questions range from what kind of habitat is part of Biscayne National Park in Florida and near what European country can sea kayakers explore islands off the Dalmatian coast, to in what present-day city did Chinese emperors live in seclusion.

Berglund and Sandhu will compete along with 102 other state qualifiers at the event on April 1 at the Maryland Public Television studios in Owings Mills. The state winner advances to the National Geographic Bee Championship at the National Geographic Society May 22-25 in Washington, D.C. State winners also receive $100 and the National Geographic book, “The National Parks: An Illustrated History.” The national champion receives a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

The national champion also receives an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

This is the 28th year for the Bee and the National Geographic Society annually invites nearly 100 students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools and U.S. territories to compete in state Bees.

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Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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