Arizona Geographic Bee

General Information about National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee

(follow this link to information about the Bee in Arizona)

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. 

National championship in Washington, DC  will be held  May 14-17, 2017.  The 2016 National Geographic Bee champion received a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.  

State Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Arizona Bee is Rebecca Seybert. For information on the Bee go to this webpage.

2017 Arizona Geographic Bee took place in the ASU Memorial Union on Friday, March 31.
Opening at 8:00 am, participants and their families gathered in the Ventana Room before the preliminary rounds at 9:30 am.  
 
Governor Doug Ducey and Retired Congressman Matt Salmon competed in a "mock Bee" moderated by Channel 12 Meteorologist, congratulated the contestents and took pictures with everyone.
 
AzGA hosted a "Kids on the Map" activity between the preliminary rounds and the final round in the Ventana room (about 10:30 am).  This giant floor map - 17' x 20' -- with accessories -- is available for teachers to check out and use in their classroom.  
 
After the Bee at about 1:00 pm, the ASU School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning once more hosted a reception on the 5th floor of the Coor building for Bee participants and their families and teachers. There were cookies and soft drinks, games, a selfie photo booth with silly hats, and a chance to learn about geography and planning as a career.  Hope you had a chance to visit us!
 
2017 Arizona Geographic Bee
 
The top 3 competitors were:
State Winner:    Aditya Narayanana, Sonoran Sky Elementary School, Scottsdale
2nd Place:          William Anderson, Basis School, Peoria
3rd Place:           Gayatri Kalmal, Basis Tucson North, Tucson
 
2016 Arizona Geographic Bee
 
The 2016 state-level of the National Geographic Bee for Arizona took place on Friday, April 1, 2016, in the Memorial Union of Arizona State University, Tempe campus.  A "selfie" photo booth activity was provided by the Arizona Geographic Alliance featuring a state map showing the location and names of the competitors as a backdrop, and the NGS golden rectangle and silly hats and glasses as props.  Refreshments were provided by the Bee Coordinator and AzGA.  Congratulations to all the participants!
 
The top 3 finishers were:
State Winner:  Aryan Mehta, Explorer Middle School, Phoenix, AZ
2nd place:        Nickolas Cosentino, Vail Academy, Tucson, AZ
3rd place:         Dashram Pai, Cocopah Middle School, Scottsdale, AZ

2015 Arizona Geographic Bee

The 2015 Arizona Geographic Bee took place on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University with a reception immediately following in the School of Geographical Sciences, Coor Building, 5th Floor.    Congratulations to all of the participants!

The top 3 finishers were:
State Winner:  Cameron Danesh, One Track Academy School, Scottsdale, AZ
2nd Place:         Ryan West, Explorer Middle School, Phoenix, AZ
3rd Place:         Aryan Mehta, Desert Cove Elementary, Phoenix, AZ

2014 Arizona Geographic Bee

The 2014 Arizona Geographic Bee - the state level of the National Geographic Bee -- took place on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Congratulations to all of the participants.

The top 3 finishers were:
State Winner: Aryan Mehta, Desert Cove Elementary, Phoenix (6th grade)
2nd Place:        Christopher O’Connor, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Tucson (8th grade)
3rd Place:         Karl Loechelt, Gethsemane Lutheran School, Tempe (5th grade)

National Level Bee -- May 19 - 21, 2014

2013 Arizona Geographic Bee

The 2013 Arizona Geographic Bee - the state level of the National Geographic Bee -- took place on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson. Congratulations to all of the participants.

The top 3 finishers were:
State Winner: Cameron Danesh, Mountain Middle School, Scottsdale, (6th grade)
2nd Place:        Sumhith Ronald Desouza, Wilson K-8, Tucson, (8th grade)
3rd Place:         Aryan Mehta, Desert Cover Elementary, Phoenix (5th grade)

2012 Arizona Geographic Bee

The 2012 Arizona Geographic Bee - the state level of the National Geographic Bee -- took place on Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson. Congratulations to all of the participants.

The top 3 finishers were:
State Winner: Raghav Ranga,  St. Gregory College Preparatory School, Tucson (8th grade)
2nd Place:        Sumhith Araghyula, Esperero Canyon Middle School, Tucson (8th grade)
3rd Place:         Arun Yadav, Sierra Verde School, Glendale (7th grade)

2011 National Finals: May 24-25, 2011, Washington D.C.
Luc Hellum finished in 7th Place. Congratulations!