Queen Creek Middle School student Dillon National Geographic Society state competition semifinalist

Matthew Dillon

Queen Creek Middle School seventh-grader Matthew Dillon has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the Arizona State GeoBee.

The contest will be held March 29 in Tucson. At the State GeoBee, he will have the opportunity to compete for a spot at the National GeoBee Championship and has the potential to win a college scholarship worth thousands of dollars, according to a release.

School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Arizona. School GeoBee champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees, according to the release.

Students who win the State GeoBee will advance to the national championship, which is in its 31st year. At the nationals, students compete for cash awards and college scholarships. The national championship will be held May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

Go to natgeobee.org.

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