SABATTUS — The National Geographic Society has named Heath Woodrum, seventh-grade student at Oak Hill Middle School in Sabattus, as a semifinalist in the Maine State Geographic Bee.

He is the son of Jeff Woodrum of Sabattus and Marie Woodrum of Lewiston.

This is the second level of the competition which is now in its 26th year.

Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

The students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete at the state level.

The 2014 Maine State Geographic Bee will be held Friday, April 4, at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Maine in the National Geographic Bee finals to be held May 19-21.

The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes.

For more information on the National Geographic Bee, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.


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