Kevin McDowell headed to State National Geographic Bee

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New Haven, MO - New Haven eighth-grade student, Keven McDowell is headed to the State National Geographic Bee (NGB) finals at the University of Missouri – Columbia in Columbia, MO.

Each year, thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

Debra Smith, Middle School Social Studies teacher said, “Keven was our local winner which then qualified him to take NGB’s written test.  On Wed., I was notified that Keven had scored among the top 100 students across the state.”

The top 100 students qualify to represent their schools and compete at the state level.  State qualifiers will compete in an oral competition.

McDowell will have a chance to travel to Washington D.C. and compete in the National NGB Finals on March 30.

Smith said, “I was so excited when I found out Kevin had qualified for state.  He is a great kid and I know he will do well.”

State winners are invited to National Geographic headquarters in late May to compete in the national finals for scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

Congratulations Kevin and best of luck at state.