Sean Hodges

In May, Sean Hodges will head to Washington D.C. to represent South Dakota in the National Geographic GeoBee!

Edison Middle School seventh grader, Sean Hodges took home top honors at the 2019 South Dakota National Geographic Bee held on April 1, 2019 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Along with the State Champion title, Hodges received $1,000, the National Geographic Almanac, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent South Dakota in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-22, 2019.

The National Geographic GeoBee (formerly the National Geographic Bee) is currently in its 31st year. This event is an academic competition for students in grades four through eight that challenges their knowledge of geography, cultures, physical features, history, and earth science. A total of 2,529,020 students in nearly 10,000 schools across the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools competed in the GeoBee this year.

If crowned the National Geographic GeoBee Champion in D.C. in May, Hodges would win a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the national Geographic Endeavour II. Second place winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship; and the third-place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The top-10 scoring students will each receive $1,000 in case.

Good luck, Sean!