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Grace Christian 7th grade student, Nicholas Sloan, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Oregon National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at Western Oregon University on Friday, March 27, 2015.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in it’s 27th year. Nicholas was the winner of the Geography Bee at Grace Christian. This allowed him the opportunity to complete a written geography test on February 4th which was submitted to the National Geographic Society to determine if he qualified for the State level – and he did! The National Geographic Society has invited approximately 100 of the top-scoring students, of which Nicholas is one,  in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championships to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands, where he/she will experience Geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on Friday, May 15, at 5:00 PST. The final round will be aired later on public television stations. Check local television listings for air date and time.

What an incredible opportunity, Nicholas! We are praying for you as you prepare for your upcoming State competition and proud of your accomplishments thus far!