REED CITY -- The National Geographic Society named Anna Saladin, an eighth-grader at Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City, as one of the semifinalists, eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. This is the second level of the competition.

Saladin won the school competition in January, and then took a state qualifying test online, where she placed in the top 100 in the state and earned a trip to the state finals.

Paul Saladin finished runner-up, and Miriam Hunt took third place.

At the school GeoBee competition, students answered questions on a variety of topics, including world geography, U.S. geography and early civilizations.

The state competition will be held at Western Michigan University March 27.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington D.C. to represent their state in the national championships, where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships.

The second and third place state winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

The 2020 National Championship will take place May 18-21 at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C. The national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and an all-expense paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II.

The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash, and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash.

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition open to students in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled. Students in grades fourth through eighth participate annually for a chance to win scholarships and other prizes.

For more information about the GeoBee competition, visit natgeobee.org.