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. 

State Coordinator

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

2018 Arizona Geographic Bee was held Friday, April 6, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701.  The state champion attended the National Geographic Bee at National Geographic Society Headquarters, May 20-23, 2018, and competed for substantial scholarships.  At the state level, the top three qualifying participants received a cash prize from the Arizona Council for the Social Studies.  We are proud to announce that Gayatri Kaimal was in the top 10 Finalists in the National Geographic Bee.   Congratulations to this young lady.  
 
State Winner and Top 10 Finalist in the National Geographic Bee:  Gayatri Kaimal, Basis Tucson North
2nd Place: Christopher Yearout, Desert Canyon MS, Scottsdale School District
3rd Place: Nick Ayers, Desert Ridge JH, Gilbert School District
 
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.  The top three qualifying participants received a cash prize from the Arizona Council for the Social Studies.
 
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.  The top three qualifying participants received a cash prize from the Arizona Council for the Social Studies.
 
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!

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.

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)

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.

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.

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!