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Qualifiers for 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition

Congratulations to all school GeoBee champions!

Find out if you qualify for the next level of the competition.

Select the state where your school is located from the menu. Up to the top 100 students who qualify are listed alphabetically, by school. If your school champion's name is not listed as a qualifier, this means that the student did not qualify for the State GeoBee.

Due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Geographic Society has made the decision to cancel the in-person level National Geographic State GeoBee scheduled for planned on March 27, 2020 in all locations and switch to an online format. We are doing this out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, and in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. We are committed to ensuring that this year’s state GeoBee qualifiers have a safe and fair opportunity to compete that is consistent across the country. In that spirit, the National Geographic Society will offer the opportunity for State GeoBee qualifiers to take an online test on March 27 that is administered and proctored by the school GeoBee coordinator or another paid school employee. More details will be forthcoming.

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Information for State GeoBee Qualifiers

Congratulations to students who qualified for the State GeoBee on March 27!

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards, and college scholarships. The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Please note that eligible state competitors must be in grades four through eight, and must have participated in and won the competition at the school level that involved at least six students. We reserve the right to disqualify a student at any time if the rules have not been followed. See GeoBee rules for more information.

The State GeoBee event is for qualifying students, their families, and their teachers. The National Geographic Society does not encourage coaching for hire in connection with the National Geographic GeoBee. Paid coaches or persons affiliated with organizations that collect fees for coaching may not attend the State GeoBee.

It is the responsibility of the student’s family and/or teacher escort to arrange travel to the state GeoBee, and to report to the registration area on time.

Accessibility at the State GeoBees

The National Geographic GeoBee supports the participation of students with physical disabilities such as vision or hearing impairment. The teacher or parent of a physically disabled student should notify the National Geographic GeoBee office at by March 15 so that accommodations can be made.

Advancing to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship

One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship, which will be held May 18–21 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Transportation and accommodations for the Washington, D.C., trip are provided for each state champion and one parent/guardian. See GeoBee FAQs for more information.

Each state champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash. Visit the GeoBee homepage for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

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