Drinkard wins Perdido School National Geographic Bee

School Champion Kam Drinkard, left, and Runner-up Zoe Brandt, right. In back is school librarian Trachy Miller.

Kam Drinkard, a fifth-grade student at Perdido Elementary / Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 19, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National

Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Kam, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6. The Alabama Bee is held at Samford University in Birmingham.

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 20-23. The first-place 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. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

Perdido School 2018 GEO Bee student participants (listed in “Rounds” order) are: Josey Dean, Dessie James, Carlos Respress, Coen Lambeth, Chante Rayborn, Kaci Miller, Cody Weaver, Brylin Etheridge, Brooklyn Naquin, Allyson Witherington, Taylor Robertson, Kam Drinkard, Zoe Brandt, Haze Conway, Caitlin Lanham, Xander Payne, James Slay, Joshua Graham, Brooklyn Vinson, Paityn Stephens, Leah Pimperl, Jessie Turberville, Brooke Dease, Courtland Scott.

National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May. It will air later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at, which poses 10 new questions a day and with the National Geographic Geo Quiz Alexa skill, which releases six new questions a day. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book: “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha.