Bianca Nicole Mabalay, a sixth-grade student at Dandan Middle School, won first place in the school-level competition of the National Geographic’s GeoBee last December 2019.
Reineer John Anciado, a sixth-grade student, won second place in the same competition, while Joaquin Ian Cruzana, another sixth-grade student, finished third place.
Mabalay, including other school champions across the nation, will later take an online qualifying test; up to a hundred of the top test scores in each state then become eligible to compete in the State GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in the spring of 2020. Student will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic vessel Endeavor II. Learn more at www.natgeobee.org.
The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also ancient and world civilizations, cultures, and physical features.
The National Geographic Society developed GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, more than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.
National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences, and professional development opportunities for educators.
To learn more about the National Geographic Society, visit www.nationalgeographic.org. (PR)