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Skyler Hornback, LaRue County Middle School Geographic Bee winner, competed in the 2014 Kentucky State Geographic Bee on April 4. The State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, was held at Western Kentucky University. This was the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 26th year.
LCMS Academic Coach Doris Jean Holleran said this is the second year LCMS has participated. Bridget Southwood represented LCMS in the State Bee in 2013.
Geographic Bees were held at LCMS in December and January to determine the school winner. Hornback, along with other school-level winners across the nation then took a qualifying test, which he submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level.
Hornback was one of 10 finalists out of about 100 school winners from across Kentucky.
The state winner from Corbin received $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Kentucky in the National Geographic Bee on May 19-21. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and expense paid trip to the Galapagos Islands, where he will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands' unique wildlife and landscapes. National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by Soledad O'Brien, at 7 p.m. May 22 (to be followed on public television stations).