HPA student advances in 29th annual National Geographic Bee

  • Gregory Parks (left), an eighth-grade student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 19. Ethaniel Wilson, also an 8th grader, placed second at the school-level Bee, where students answered oral questions on geography in the first round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. (COURTESY PHOTO/HPA)
    Gregory Parks (left), an eighth-grade student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 19. Ethaniel Wilson, also an 8th grader, placed second at the school-level Bee, where students answered oral questions on geography in the first round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. (COURTESY PHOTO/HPA)

WAIMEA — Gregory Parks, an eighth grader at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 19 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

Ethaniel Wilson, also an eighth grader, placed second at the school bee, where students answered oral questions on geography. This was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the competition. The school champions, including Parks, will next take a qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in the their state Bee on March 31.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

The national finals will air on television on May 19 on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the National Geographic GeoBee Challenge app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.

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