State winner will receive $100, trip to Washington, D.C. for the national bee

AUBURN – Alex Smith, a seventh-grade student at Auburn Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the finalists eligible to compete in the 2006 Maine Geographic Bee.

Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states and in the territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

The 2006 Maine Geographic Bee will be held at the University of Maine at Farmington Olsen Student Center on Friday, March 31.

The state winner will represent Maine in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 23 and 24. The state winner will receive $100 and the trip to Washington, D.C. The national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

Smith is the son of Brent and Debra Smith of Auburn.

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