Saint Anne Parish School Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

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For the second year in a row, a Saint Anne Parish School student has put Barrington on the map in the National Geographic Bee! 8th grader, Tyler Hoffman has just been named a National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by the National Geographic Society, a feat achieved by another of the school’s 8th graders last year.

Tyler’s mom, Jane Hoffman says he’s always had a natural curiosity about geography, but credits Tyler’s teachers for motivating him to develop his interest. She also says Tyler’s involvement with the school’s Scholastic Bowl team has helped him prepare to compete at the bee’s next level. The 2018 Illinois National Geographic State Bee will be held at Illinois State University in Normal on Friday, April 6th.

School Bees were held in schools with 4th through 8th grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited 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 to compete in the State Bees.

To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled!

Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at

A two-time Blue Ribbon School, Saint Anne Parish School is dedicated to the formation and education of children from preschool through 8th grade in partnership with home, church and community. Affiliated with Saint Anne Catholic Community and located at 319 Franklin Street in Barrington, Illinois, Saint Anne Parish School’s mission is to grow servant leaders from the inside out while maximizing the potential in every child. For more information call 847-381-0311 or visit us at

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