Owens Wins School-Level National Geographic Bee
By Murray Independent Schools
MURRAY, KY - Lane Owens, a Murray Middle School seventh-grade student won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 14 and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This year's Bee is sponsored by Google. Visit

The kickoff for this year's Bee was the week of November 12, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Owens, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 5.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-22. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Owens is the son of Jeff and Gina Owens in Murray.

Published 07:54 PM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2013
Updated 08:06 PM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2013