Cole Savage, a 6th grade class member at the south Tama Middle School in Toledo, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2013 Iowa National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
He is the son of Deann and Travis Savage.
The 2013 Iowa National Geographic Bee will be held DMACC Campus, Ankeny, Iowa on Friday, April 5.
This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Bee winner. School level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.
In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
The state winner will receive $ 100, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD," and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he/she will represent Iowa in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20 - 22, 2013. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galdpagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galdpagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee please visit www.nationalgeographic. com/geobee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild will air the final round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, on Thursday, May 23 (to be followed on public television stations). Please check local television listings for date and time in your area.
How would you fare
as a Bee contestant?
At the school-level Bee this year, students had to answer such questions as:
From its source in Minnesota, the Mississippi River flows south about 2,300 miles before emptying into what large gulf'.? Gulf of Mexico
A subspecies of brown bear known as the Kodiak bear takes its common name from an island that lies off the southern coast of what state?
The Danakil Depression, located in part of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the lowest points on which continent?
What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river moraine or delta?
Gulf of Mexico