Local students qualify for state competition


Julian Dufour is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.


Ty Smoak is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.


Two local students have earned a spot in the 2017 North Carolina National Geographic State Bee.

Harrells Christian Academy seventh grader Ty Smoak and Sampson Middle School seventh grader Julian Dufour are two semifinalists no eligible to compete in the contest to be held in Charlotte March 31.

Dufour is the son of Fred Dufour and Anne Faircloth of Clinton and Smoak is the son of Phillip and Michelle Smoak of Garland.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. 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. 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 Bees.

Smoak earned the winning honors for his school, while Dufour earned honors for Sampson Middle School.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th 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 14-17, 2017. The 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. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m.

Julian Dufour is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Julian-Dufour-2.jpgJulian Dufour is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.

Ty Smoak is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TySmoakHCA.jpgTy Smoak is now qualified to participate in the state Geography Bee competition.
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