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Meigs student wins it all at the Tennessee Geographic Bee

The spirit of competition and the thrill of victory are positively thick in the air today, and I think we all know the reason why. Metro students won big Tennessee Geographic Bee this weekend! Meigs Middle Magnet eighth grader Christopher Damon won first place in the annual contest, which means he gets an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national bee. Also placing highly was MLK eight grader Kevin Gomez, who came in third.

Congratulations to these exceptional students!

Here is a full press release from the National Geographic Bee:

Christopher Damon, an 8th grader from Meigs Middle Magnet in Nashville, took top honors at the 2014 Tennessee state-level Geographic Bee held today at Martin Professional Development Center in Nashville. The state winner will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Tennessee in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-21, 2014. The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state sponsors are Google and Plum Creek.

Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools took part in today’s state-level Bees.

First prize in the national competition is a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, visit

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for date and time in your area.