Carolina Day’s Geography Bee Winner, seventh-grader Connor Hovendon, has qualified to compete in the 2015 North Carolina National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at University of North Carolina Charlotte on March 27, 2015.
"Connor fully deserves this chance to prove his geographic mettle in stiff competition," said Sandy Pyeatt, Connor's social studies teacher. "Not only does he pay attention to and think about geography, history and current events lessons in school, but he has pushed himself to study and prepare specifically for bee-style questions."
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th 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 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.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes.