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Three Marshall County students have been notified by the National Geographic Society to let them know they are semifinalists in the 2019 West Virginia National Geographic GeoBee. 

Fifth grader Riley Polsinelli from Washington Lands Elementary School, seventh grader Bailey Sebroski from Moundsville Middle School and seventh grader Grace Gatts from Sherrard Middle School have been invited to compete at the state contest on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year.

Local GeoBees were held in schools, with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state, to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which were submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in West Virginia to compete in the WV GeoBee.

Students from around West Virginia will be competing for a top prize of $1,000, a medal and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Championship. Students who come in second and third at the WV GeoBee will receive cash awards of $300 and $100.

One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C from May 19-22, 2019.

The 2019 national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash.