• CONGRATULATIONS to Noel Varco, who passed the National Geographic Bee State Qualifying test and is going on to participate in the MN State Geographic Bee on March 31, 2017!

    Noel won the HPE school
    competition of the National Geographic Bee, and continues towards his chance at a $50,000 college
    scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first
    round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
    Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating
    in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Noel, took a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state are eligible to
    compete in their state Bee. Well done Noel! He is the FIRST student in HPE's recent history to go on to State!

    The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for
    state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The firstplace
    national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the
    Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos
    Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
    The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic
    Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates
    and times.
    Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee
    Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store
    for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.
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    of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our
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