TFS student advances to state National Geographic GeoBee competition 

Seventh-grader is two-time school-level winner 

Jedd Thomas of Cleveland (center) took first place in the school GeoBee competition on Jan. 28, 2020. Caroline Smith placed second, and Gabe Smith finished third. (photo courtesy Tallulah Falls School)

The National Geographic Society named seventh-grader Jedd Thomas of Cleveland as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at Georgia College in Milledgeville on March 27.

“I’m am proud of Jedd’s hard work. He was an excellent geography student last year. He was always studying the map and globe in my class,” says sixth-grade World Geography teacher Amanda Rogers. “I know he will represent TFS well in the state competition.”

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year.

To qualify for the state championship, Thomas participated in a school contest and 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 were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.

TFS 7th grader Jedd Thomas will attend the State GeoBee Competition on March 27 in Milledgeville. (TFS)

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Championship May 18-21.

The 2020 National Championship will be held at National Geographic headquarters.

The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

Other scholarships and cash prizes will also be awarded.

North Habersham Middle School student Aiden Thaxton also qualified for this year’s state GeoBee competition.

Visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

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