Fin Kehrli, a fifth-grade student at Hindley School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee Jan. 17 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school-level competition was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. The year's bee is sponsored by Google.

The school winners, including Fin Kehrli, now will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state then will be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 14.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the state champion and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee rounds May 19 to 21. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will moderate the national finals on May 21.

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