By Evart Public Schools

EVART — Nicholas Morgan, an eighth grade student at Evart Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 27 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school Bee, at which 25 students vied to compete for the title of "school champion." was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 bee. The school champions, including Morgan, will take a written 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 March 27.

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 from 11 to 13.

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 a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will moderate the national finals on May 13. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at 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.

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.