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Clinton-Massie's Sam Binau advances in National Geography Bee competition.

Area Student Advances in National Geographic Bee Competition

Clinton-Massie Local Schools and the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to announce that eighth grader Sam Binau has been selected by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Ohio National Geographic State Bee.  Binau is a two-time state qualifier for the state bee as he competed in last year’s Ohio National Geographic State Bee as well. 


The contest will be held at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University on Friday, March 31, 2017.  This event is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition which is now in its 29th year.   


In order to advance to the next level, Binau won the CM School Bee where students in fourth through eighth grades competed throughout the state to determine each school champion.  


In the initial round of the competition, students were called upon to answer questions such as “The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state — New Mexico or Nebraska?”  The correct being Nebraska.   


And, “The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes.  It’s weird, but it’s true!  Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?”  The correct being Africa. 


Having won the title of school champion, Binau then completed an online qualifying test from which the National Geographic Society invited 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 to compete in the State Bees. 


“We wish Sam the best of luck as he advances to the state competition at the end of March!  His passion for geography and world knowledge will serve him well at the state bee,” said Curt Bradshaw, Gifted Services Coordinator at the Southern Ohio ESC, which worked to coordinate the local Geography Bee competition. 


Each state champion will receive a cash prize of $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition, 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 14-17, 2017. 


The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expense paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.  Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.  Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee. 


The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET.  Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date.  Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area. 


The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education.  We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding.  We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time.  Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. 

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