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Mar. 4, 2019 - Students Advance to State GeoBee Competition

Congratulations to these five students who qualified for the "top 100" competition in the Texas State GeoBee. After winning the geobee at their schools, the top 100 competitors then progress to state eligibility through a test.  The Texas State GeoBee will take place in Bedford, Texas on March 29. 

The state champion will receive $1,000 cash and will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship scheduled for May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second and third place winners receive a $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarship, respectively, and $1,000 cash prize. Read more about the campus champions in Headline News.

Elementary School Top 100 Competitors

Two Plano ISD elementary school students have qualified for the State of Texas National Geographic Bee.

  • Rehan Buvvaji, Brinker Elementary, fifth grade, sponsor is Joni Gigliotti
  • Aryahi Gairola, Andrews Elementary, fifth grade, sponsor is Jennifer Bonfessuto

Middle School Top 100 Competitors

At the middle school level, three Plano ISD middle school students have qualified for the State of Texas National Geographic Bee.

  • Ryan Faidley, Wilson Middle School, eighth grade, sponsor is Ryan Killian
  • Ritwik Ganguly, Schimelpfenig Middle School, eighth grade, sponsor is Mitch Matuska.
  • Kaaviya Shenbaharaman Rice Middle School, seventh grade, sponsor is Russ Robinson

About Geobee

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the designation of National Geographic GeoBee Champion.