2012-02-08 / School

Russell Leonhardt wins Pleasanton Intermediate Geographic Bee!

Russell Leonhardt and PIC Principal Jennifer Garcia. Russell Leonhardt and PIC Principal Jennifer Garcia. Russell Leonhardt has moved one step closer to a $25,000 college scholarship.

Leonhardt is a sixth grade student at the Pleasanton Intermediate Campus. He has won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, Jan. 13 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google (visit www.google.com/educators/geo).

The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of Nov. 14, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Russell Leonhardt, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee March 30.

The National Geographic Society will provide an allexpenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22-24, 2012. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic (visit www.expeditions.com).

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 24. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/ geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Adroid Market; or for Nook Color.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet.

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