Sola Feldheger

7th grader Sola Feldheger reaches state GeoBee competition

The results are in, and River HomeLink 7th grader Sola Feldheger has been named as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition! The contest will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle on Friday, March 27.

“We are so proud of Sola for being selected to represent River HomeLink at the state GeoBee competition,” said River HomeLink teacher Kent Graham. “Learning about geography is more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s a basis for learning about the world and how its societies and cultures are interconnected.”

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state for students in fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships.The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Students in grades four through eight from nearly 10,000 schools participate annually for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world by participating in the GeoBee.