On Friday, March 27, the top 110 qualifiers from among all winners of school-level geography bees will convene in Fresno to compete for the state geography bee championship. The event will take place on the campus of CSU Fresno and will be hosted by State Bee Coordinator Sean Boyd.
Two-time top three finisher Rhea Mitr is one of many standouts among the participants in the geography bee. Rhea was one of 28 students who got a perfect score on the state bee qualifying exam last year. Rhea was interviewed by the Fresno Bee and urged other students, especially girls, to participate in the Geography Bee as a means to become a better-rounded citizen of today’s global world. She went on to say that “the Geography Bee is [about] knowing all about the world we live in. It is not just limited to continents, countries, capitals, currencies etc. It is about having an in-depth knowledge in several other things as well – earth and physical sciences, monuments, wonders of the world (man-made and natural), history, events in the news, disasters, human geography comprising of habitats, culture, religion, language, ethnicity, etc.”
National Geographic has released a complete list of all semifinalists who have qualified to compete at their state bees, and you can see the list here. Local media reports from across the state have begun to report on the successes of their local students who are headed to the state bee. Here are some links you can follow to get to know a few of the competitors:
Semifinalist Rhea Mitr, Quarry Lane School
Semifinalist Sydney Gamble, North Creek Academy
Semifinalist Alex Topp, Vaca Pena Middle School
Semifinalist Tobey Shim, The Bishop’s School
Semifinalist Max Bhatti, Longden Elementary School
If you know of any other local media reports about school bees or state bee competitors, please send links to email@example.com.