William Hersey, an 8th grader at Marshwood Marshwood Middle School, has been named by National Geographic Society as a semifinalist in the 2019 Maine National Geographic State Bee. The State Geo Bee will be held at the University of Maine at Farmington on March 29th. William is the son of Heidi Early Hersey and Tom Early. This step represents the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 31st year. National Geographic 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.
NGS has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students, including William, in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.
The state champion will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second and third place winners receive a $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarship, respectively, and $1,000 cash prize.
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people with transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.