Orange Elementary fourth grade student, Logan McGilligan, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee. Now he is eligible for the state contest.

The Bee was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five United States territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions will take a qualifying test and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society that includes a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II. Second and third place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners.

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