Jonathan Manela, a seventh-grade student at Warner Middle School in Farmington Hills, will compete as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Michigan State Competition.
The contest will be held at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Friday, March 29. Jonathan is the son of Melissa and Harley Manela.
School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champions, who then took an online qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories will compete in the State GeoBees.
This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. 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 Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
Visit natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee..