Four students from the Portland Public Schools have qualified to compete in the 2011 Maine Geographic Bee on April 1 at the University of Maine Farmington.
The bee is open to students in grades four through eight. School-level winners took a qualifying test which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states were invited to compete at the state level.
The Portland students are: William Bourque, a fourth grader at Ocean Avenue Elementary School; Ellianna Boothe, a sixth grader at Lyman Moore Middle School; Benjamin Jones, a seventh grader at Lincoln Middle School, and Matthew Knowles, a seventh grader at King Middle School.
The state winner will receive $100, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD" and a trip to Washington, D.C.