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Westbrook Intermediate Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

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March 13, 2015

Westbrook Intermediate Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

Westbrook Intermediate’s Steven Wu is on his way to the 2015 Texas National Geographic State Bee. The 8th grader was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the annual Geography Bee sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at the Pat May Center in Bedford, TX, on Friday, March 27, 2015.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

Steven Wu, the son of Simon Wu and Wendy Pan, will be busier than many students in March as he also qualified for the Math Counts State Competition. That competition is being held in Austin on March 28, the day after the Geography Bee.

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 Championship 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 Galápagos 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 for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:

Six-time Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, play football near the source of the Ohio River in which state—Alabama or Pennsylvania?


Balboa Park, with more than ten museums, performing arts centers, and gardens, is located in which southern California city?

San Diego

Taylor Swift performed songs from her album Red last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders the South China Sea?


Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula?

Scandinavian Peninsula


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