Scarselli Elementary fourth-grader Ryan Herbig and Piñon Hills Elementary fifth-grader Nick Ryan have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2013 Nevada National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
Ryan Herbig is the son of Tamera Force and Ralph Herbig. Nick Ryan is the son of Shannon and Timothy Ryan.
This is the 25th anniversary of the state bee, which will be held at Tarkanian Middle School in Las Vegas on April 5.
Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students to determine each site’s winner. Those winners then had to take a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores were invited to compete at the state level.
The state winner will receive $100, a DVD collection, and a trip to Washington D.C., where they will represent Nevada in the national finals, May 20-22.
The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society, plus a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.