Thomas McKinney wins Cos Cob’s National Geographic Bee

Thomas McKinney, a 4th grade student at Cos Cob School won the school’s first ever competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 18, 2017, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Thomas, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more.

For more information, visit nationalgeographic.org.

Gene Schmidt, principal of Cos Cob School with fourth grader Thomas McKinney and Katy Young, Bee Coordinator.

Gene Schmidt, principal of Cos Cob School with fourth grader Thomas McKinney and Katy Young, Bee Coordinator.

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