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A special message from our Chief Education Officer about the 2020-2021 GeoBee

This post was written by Vicki Phillips, Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society Dear GeoBee Community and Friends, The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in. And it’s changed education. We are experiencing a tremendous amount of disruption. Closed schools. Cancelled events. Remote learning. Hybrid learning. Around the country, school districts at every level are grappling with how to safely carry out their … Continue reading A special message from our Chief Education Officer about the 2020-2021 GeoBee

National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge Events Update

Our GeoBee and GeoChallenge communities have always inspired us with their ingenuity, curiosity, and dedication to these competitions. These communities were very much top of mind as we made the difficult choice to cancel this year’s competitions due to the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  The cancellations include the state-level GeoBee competitions and regional-level GeoChallenge competitions scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020, … Continue reading National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge Events Update

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

Max Garon is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He won the D.C. GeoBee three times and finished tied for seventh nationally in 2017. He traces his interest in geography to watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reading National Geographic books growing up. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What was it like competing in the national finals? Max Garon … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

Shriya Yarlagadda, a high school junior from Grand Blanc, Mich., credits the GeoBee with helping her develop self-confidence and a “more nuanced perspective” on world events. She finished second in the 2015 GeoBee national finals, and more recently appeared on the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: How has studying geography made you more of a global citizen? Shriya Yarlagadda (SY): … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is a high school freshman from West Orange, N.J., which he calls “the best town in the whole state.” He won the 2019 New Jersey state GeoBee and is considering a career as a civil engineer or city planner. He spoke with us for our series “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion.” Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: You qualified for GeoBee … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald