Mason Salmen, a Spring Hill Middle School seventh grader, competed in the state level National Geographic Society Kansas State Geography Bee in Abilene last weekend. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum hosted the event.
SHMS principal Rod Sprague wished Salmen luck on his quest.
“…We are delighted that our school geography bee sparks interest in the subject and helps engage students in learning,” Sprague said.
Thousands of students tested their geographic knowledge in state-level bees nationwide on April 5. Students in fourth through eighth grades who won school bees earlier this year qualified for state-level competition.
The National Geographic Society then invites the top hundred scoring students in each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, to compete at the state bees.
State winners will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 19 to 21. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands.