WATERVILLE — Mount Merici eighth-grade student Charles “Charlie” Haberstock recently was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Maine National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held Friday, March 31, at University of Maine, according to a Mount Merici news release.

Haberstock is the son of Carrie Haberstock and Alan Haberstock.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state. School champions then took a qualifying test, which were submitted to the National Geographic Society. The society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

According to the release, each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th 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 14-17.

The 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. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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