Jackson Diglio, an eighth grade student at C. J. Hooker Middle School, was named a semifinalist for the New York National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held Friday, April 6.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. Jackson won the school-level bee in January and then took a qualifying test that was submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each state were invited to compete in the state bees.
State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national championship in May and a $50,000 college scholarship, provided by the National Geographic Society.
Other prizes include a lifetime membership in the Society, a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.