Explorer West Middle School 8th grader Regan Thomas has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee.

Regan Thomas in Rome, Italy, on the recent 8th grade trip.

Regan Thomas in Rome, Italy, on the recent 8th grade trip.

This is Regan’s 3rd time as champion of Explorer West and her 3rd time heading to the Washington State competition.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

“Regan’s sharp eye and attention to detail have enhanced her geographic literacy tremendously. Her knowledge of where things are in the world is unparalleled at Explorer West,” said Social Studies Teacher Tim Owens.”

To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd 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, May 20-23, 2018.

The first-place 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 Washington State Bee will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018. Please visit the State Bee Homepage, and click on Washington to access your state Bee website and review event information.