National Geographic Bee

A news bite about the National Geographic Bee national competition taking place in Washington, D.C., May 19 - 21.

Published on May 20, 2014

The 26th annual National Geographic Bee takes place this week at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., where 54 students from across the country will compete for $85,000 in college scholarships.

The finalists outsmarted nearly four million fourth- through eighth-graders in state-level competitions to earn a spot in the national contest, which will be hosted by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien.

The winner of this year’s contest will also earn a National Geographic expedition to the Galápagos and a chance to compete in the 2015 world GeoBee championship in Sweden.

Watch the final round of the GeoBee on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel, or later on your local public television station.

UPDATE, MAY 22, 2014: Akhil Rekulapelli, an eigth-grader from Dulles, Virginia, is this year's winner! Click the picture to watch a video of the winning question.

Sample Bee Questions

  1. Which state includes Rocky Mountain National Park— Kansas or Colorado?
  2. To visit writer Ernest Hemingway’s home near Havana and to hike to the top of El Yunque, you would travel to what country?
  3. People in the most populous Scandinavian country celebrate a festival of light called St. Lucia Day to mark the start of the Christmas season. Name this country.
  4. Cenotes, or sinkholes such as those found on the Yucatán Peninsula, are associated with which rock—basalt or limestone?
  5. Because Earth bulges at the Equator, the point that is farthest from Earth’s center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak.

Answers: 1) Colorado; 2) Cuba; 3) Sweden; 4) limestone; 5) Chimborazo