Kimsey captures Geographic Bee

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

ALBANY, Ga. -- Noah Kimsey, a seventh-grade student of the Southwest Georgia Homeschool Association, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee last month and now has 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 23rd annual National Geographic Bee.

This year's bee is sponsored by Google.

To reach the final competition round of the local National Geography Bee, competitors were asked questions such as "The Flint River passes by Albany, once a leading cotton market, as it flows south to a lake on the Florida border. Albany is in what state?"

Noah answered many other similar questions to proceed to the championship round, during which he answered the most questions correctly.

The first runner-up was eighth-grader Andrew Wise, and the third-place finisher was seventh-grader Erin Battaglia.

The kickoff for this year's bee was held the week of Nov. 15, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating.

The school winners, including Noah, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 1.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the national championship rounds of the competition on May 24 and 25.

The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Island, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals.