Keith student competing to represent Illinois at national geography bee

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- An eighth-grader from Keith Country Day School is making a push to represent Illinois at National Geographic Geography Bee in Washington D.C.

Billy Fitton will compete against 100 other Illinois students for the opportunity at an upcoming state competition on March 29.

Fitton has reached the second level to compete in the National Geographic GeoBee competition. He won the geography bee at Keith Country Day School earlier in the year and took an online test from the National Geographic Society to qualify.

The National Geographic Society invites the top 100 scoring students
from each state to compete in state geography bees. The state champion will than advance to Washington D.C. for the national competition.

“We could not be prouder of Billy. His curiosity, hard-working attitude and ingenuity to find the answers make him a great example of how inquisitive minds work, grow and benefit,” said Kristin Burns, History Department Chair and Geography Bee advisor for Keith Country Day School. “We are looking forward to cheering him on as he moves forward to the next level in the GeoBee.”

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the GeoBee National Championship, which will be held at National Geographic Society headquarters from May 19-22.