On January 11, fifth-grader Lucas Flaherty won The Langley School's National Geographic Bee, moving him one step closer to the national championship and a $50,000 college scholarship. Langley's Bee marked the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition held in thousands of schools across the country which is designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.
Langley's competition included 10 students in grades 4-8 who were chosen based on their scores on a qualifying test. During the January 11 school-wide Bee, contestants were challenged with oral and written geography questions, ranging from the locations of mountain ranges and rivers to the names of cities and countries. Students not only displayed their impressive knowledge of world geography, but also showed great confidence and poise as they competed on stage in front of the entire school. Langley's caring community was visible as all grade levels cheered on the competitors with support and encouragement.
As Langley's winner, Lucas will take a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top scorers on this written exam from each state will then face each other in their statewide Geographic Bee in April. In May 2018, state champions will participate in the national competition in Washington, DC, with the winner earning the national title, a $50,000 college scholarship, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands.