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O'Connor- National Geographic Bee State Semifinalist 2017

Joseph O’Connor
Son of Kellie and Kevin O’Connor
Fluvanna Middle School Seventh Grader

PRESS RELEASE – February 28, 2017

Joseph O’Connor has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2017 Virginia National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Longwood University on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools throughout the state with fourth through eighth grade students to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. 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 Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date.

“This is Fluvanna’s third year competing in the National Geographic Bee. We are so excited that Joseph will be representing us in the state competition,” stated Brenda Gilliam, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. This is the second year Fluvanna students have qualified for the State competition. Alex Pellicane and Liam Bridge represented the division in 2015.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
Nebraska

Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?
White House

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?
Pacific Ocean
The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?
Africa
What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer?
aquifer

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

For more information about Fluvanna’s participation in the National Geographic Bee, contact Brenda Gilliam, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at bgilliam@apps.fluco.org or 434-589-8208.

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