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Edison student semifinalist in National Geography Bee

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM

MILAN — Edison Middle School’s Nathan Spence, son of Tom and Kasie Spence, has been named a semifinalist by the National Geographic Society.

Nathan Spence is eligible to compete in the 2016 Ohio National Geographic State Bee. The seventh-grader will complete April 1 at Grandview Heights High School in Columbus.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year. School bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test. 

The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters May 22-25. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The winner also will travel, along with one parent or guardian on an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to Southeast Alaska aboard.

Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

The 2016 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated for the first time by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 8 p.m. May 27 and later on public television stations. Check local television listings for air date and time in your area.

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