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Arcade Middle School student named as National Geographic State Bee semifinalist

Arcade Nat Geo champ Braden Chandler, a seventh grader at Arcade Middle School, won a school-wide competition for the National Geographic Geography Bee. After the victory, Chandler took an online test, which qualified him to move on to the National Geographic State Geography Bee. The contest will be held at California State University, Fresno on March 31. The winner of that competition will move on to the national finals to be held in Washington D.C.

The 29th annual National Geographic Bee competition is designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing for a chance this year to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee champion.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, fourth edition, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters from May 14 - 17. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid Lindblad Expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.

The National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, will air on The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 19 at 5 p.m. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date.