BOTHELL—The National Geographic Society has named Riley Baynham, a sixth grader at Sunrise Elementary School, and Mike Frizalone, an eighth grader at Timbercrest Junior High School, as 2011 Geographic Bee semifinalists. Both are eligible to compete in the 2011 Washington Geographic Bee to be held on Friday, April 1, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. National Geographic Society, Google and Plum Creek sponsor the Washington Geographic Bee.
The state winner will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he/she will represent Washington in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 24–25.
Geographic 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, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.