DORSET - Oscar Loomis, a seventh grade student at Long Trail School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 9. The school-level Bee, during which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee sponsored by Google.

Contestants included Sam Charette, Miranda Cully, Stella Farrell, Sam Freeman, Emmett Morgan and Noah Patry. They showed support for fellow competitors and enthusiasm for the competition.

In early November, thousands of schools began the GeoBee process. School winners, including Loomis, will take a written test; up to 100 top scorers on that test in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for state champions and teacher-escorts for the Bee National Championship in May. The first place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will moderate the national finals on May 21. Check local listings for dates and times of this televised event.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, an exciting online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses ten daily questions, or by downloading the "National Geographic GeoBee Challenge" app.


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The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations.

Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.