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    Local Students Compete in the First Round of National Competition [Fairfield, PA, January 9, 2020]
    Over 60 students from Fairfield Area Middle School participated in the school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee this year.  These contestants were narrowed down to eight finalists:  Lily Harlacher, Sean Epperson, Isabella Kozack, Austin Snyder, Aubrey Arvin, Kendall Boring, James Hammett, and Ethan Holsopple.  These finalists competed in the live, final rounds of competition at Fairfield Middle on January 9, 2020. Ethan Holsopple, a fifth grade student, won first place, with Aubrey Arvin, a fifth grade student, winning second place and James Hammett, another fifth grade student, finishing third place. The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also ancient and world civilizations, cultures, and physical features. The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, more than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. School champions, including Ethan Holsopple, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in Spring 2020. Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Learn more at www.natgeobee.org. In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators. 
    The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature convenings and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.