Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 21, 2016 -- David Simanovsky, a middle school student at Atlanta Autism school Cumberland Academy of Georgia, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. He and another finalist endured multiple rounds of tiebreaker questions before Simanovsky was declared the winner. This was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 National Geographic Bee. The champions, including Simanovsky, 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 National Geographic Bee on April 1, 2016.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 22 to 25, 2016. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic Magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or 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.
About National Geographic:
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. The organization funds hundreds of research and conservation projects worldwide each year. With the support of its members and donors, National Geographic works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Linkedln and Pinterest.
About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.
Shari Wright, Cumberland Academy of Georgia, http://cumberlandacademy.org/, +1 (404) 835-9000, [email protected]
SOURCE Cumberland Academy of Georgia