Hunter Busse, an eighth-grade student at Genoa-Kingston Middle School, is one of 100 semifinalists selected to compete in the 2013 Illinois National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.
Hunter is the son of Jerry and Ami Busse.
Students in fourth through eighth grade across the state competed in school-level geography bees. Winners from each school then took a qualifying test. The students who achieve the top 100 scores in each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents schools are invited to compete at the state level.
The winner of the state geography bee on April 5 will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Illinois in the national finals in May.
The winner of the national bee will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expense paid trip for themselves and a parent or guardian to the Galapagos Islands. There, the winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the Galapagos.
The final round of the national bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, will be aired on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on May 23. Check local listings for air time.