San Jon student chosen for state National Geographic Bee


Staff Report

San Jon eighth-grader Alexander Lujan was chosen as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 New Mexico National Geographic State Bee on April 1, at National Dance Institute in Albuquerque.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to represent my school, my community and our county,” Lujan said.

Lujan, son of Richard and Tinicka Lopez, won the school competition then took an online qualifying test to become eligible to compete in the National Geographic State Bee.

Lujan said the test had a variety of questions ranging from social studies, geography and wildlife. He said it was a difficult test and he looks forward to competing in the state event.

The state be is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year.

The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top scoring students in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey on May 22-25, to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters.

Lujan said he had no idea about the chance to compete nationally if he were to win the school bee. He said he has just been focusing on doing the best job at the state event.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

The final round of the National Bee will be aired at 8 a.m., on May 27 on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD and later on public television stations. For the first time the final round will be moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca. Check local television listings for air date and time.

The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), on expenses-paid expedition to southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion. The trip will include Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Visit for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

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