Eva Wirth, a seventh grader at South Whidbey Middle School and daughter of Teresa Nero-Wirth and Geoff Wirth, was notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Washington National Geographic State Bee.
The spelling bee is slated be held at Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, April 6.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion.
School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.
The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.
National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org