Hawkins to participate in state geography bee

John Hawkins will participate in the 2013 Minnesota National Geographic Bee set for April 5 at St. Cloud State University.

Hawkins is an eighth-grader at Anoka Middle School for the Arts and the son of Charles and Mae Hawkins.

John Hawkins, an eighth-grader at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, will compete in the 2013 Minnesota National Geographic Bee April 5. Photo submitted

John Hawkins, an eighth-grader at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, will compete in the 2013 Minnesota National Geographic Bee April 5. Photo submitted

The Geographic Bee is in its 25th year and is sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Minnesota to determine the school’s winner.

School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Schools and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Minnesota in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters May 20-22.

The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

The national winner will also travel, all expenses paid, with a parent to the Galápagos Islands.

For more information on the National Geographic Bee, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.

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