The Mena School District held their school-level Geography Bee on Friday, December 4, 2015. Students answered oral questions on geography and were involved in the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Austin McEntire, an eighth grade student at Mena Middle School won first place and will have a chance at a $50,000 scholarship. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Austin McEntire will take an online test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1, 2016.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all- expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22-25, 2016. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The final competition will be televised. Check the Nat Geo Bee website at www.NatGeoBee.com for broadcast information.