Student named R.I. State Bee semifinalist by National Geographic

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PROVIDENCE — Nicholas Griffin, a seventh grade student at St. Pius V School in Providence, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 Rhode Island National Geographic State Bee on Friday, April 1.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Geography Bees were held for fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-25, 2016. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also win an all expenses paid trip to Alaska.