Two students from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have qualified for the National Geographic GeoBee state championship on March 29.
The National Geographic GeoBee is open to 4th-8th graders and is designed to inspire and reward their curiosity about the world. It also aims to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms and to increase public awareness about geography.
Tashi F. (pictured, right), a 6th grader at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belmont, and Jack Z. (pictured, left), a 6th grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Rapids, are among 100 students who qualified for the state championship.
The statewide winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C., in late May. The national champion will win a $25,000 college scholarship, a $1,000 cash prize, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second- and third-place winners receive a $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarship, respectively, and a $1,000 cash prize.
Good luck at the state championship, Tashi and Jack!
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.