Eighth-grader Robert Reynolds won the Athens Academy Middle School Geographic Bee at the final competition Jan. 19. The school bee, during which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.
He is the son of Scott and Amy Lou Reynolds of Athens.
Thousands of schools throughout the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 bee.
In order to advance to the next level, school champions, including Robert, must take a written test. If Robert is one of the top 100 top scorers, he will then be eligible to compete in the state-level bee April 6.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the bee national championship rounds May 20-23.
The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, which includes a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an international trip.