WHAT: 2012 National Geographic Bee
Top prize: $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. The final and championship rounds will be simulcast in prime time on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Google is the sponsor of this year's contest.
54 state-level winners, ages 10-14, representing all 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools
Tuesday, May 22
Preliminaries held in five different rooms; doors open for media at 9 a.m.; contest begins at 10 a.m.; audio mult-box provided.
Washington Plaza Hotel, lobby level
10 Thomas Circle N.W.
(near 14th St. & Massachusetts Ave. N.W.)
Final and championship rounds
Moderated by "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek
Thursday, May 24
Doors open to media at 8:15 a.m. and close at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: During championship round, broadcast crews will be required to record bugged footage from the television feed provided by National Geographic through a video mult-box. Crews not prepared to do so will be asked to turn their cameras off, and the footage will be provided by National Geographic.
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street N.W.
Both the preliminary and the final/championship rounds last approximately 60-90 minutes. Contestants will be available for interviews directly after each competition.
(202) 857-5838 | email@example.com
BEE ONLINE PRESS ROOM: http://bit.ly/geobee2012 (username & password: press)
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SOURCE National Geographic Society