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Pictured (left to right are) seventh grade social studies teacher Alana Stephens, eighth grader Pete Wann, sixth grade social studies teacher Mary Jo Johnson, and eighth grade social studies teacher D.J. McFadden.

Pete Wann, an eighth grader at Kelly A Burlison Middle School has been notified by the National Geographic Society he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Missouri National Geographic State Bee.

Pete is the son of Edward and Kathy Wann.

The contest will be held at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, April 6.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th 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, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Departments Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd 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 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavor II. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third- place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org.

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