For several years Algoma Christian School has participated in the Michigan Geographic Bee. For the first time ever, a student from the school has earned his way as a semifinalist. Seventh-grader Jacob Hoskins, son of Dan and Laureen Hoskins, has been notified by the Natioah through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The 2010 Michigan Geographic Bee will be held in the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University on Friday, April 9. They will be answering questions such as geography, state capitals, cities around the world and rivers and mountains. The state winner will receive $100, the “National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he/she will represent Michigan in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 25-26, 2010. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. A teacher from the school district of the national winner will receive a trip to attend the Google Geo Teacher Institute in July 2010, where he/she will get a hands-on experience with Googles resources and learn about innovative instructional strategies. “We are pretty excited about this and hope he does well and if he qualifies he will go on to national,” said Terry Yoder, principal of Algoma Christian School.