Connor Carter, a sixth grader, is the first elementary student from Midlakes to ever qualify for the National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition.
In January, Carter won the school-level competition featuring students in grades 4 to 6 after answering “Stockholm” in the championship round to the following question:
Teenager Greta Thunberg started a global movement bringing attention to climate change when she protested outside of her country’s Parliament House, located in Gamla Stan district of what Swedish city?
Carter also took an online qualifying test that was submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in New York were invited to compete in the state competition on Friday, March 27 in Albany.
State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships. The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
The National Championship will take place May 18-21, at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. For more information, and to follow the competition, go to www.natgeobee.org.