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Jacksonville Student Represents Florida In National Geography Bee

A 7th grader from James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School is representing the state of Florida at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. this week.

Walker Miller, 13, won the state competition in April at Jacksonville University to earn a spot in the national bee.

More than five million 4th through 8th graders compete in the early rounds of the National Geography Bee, all vying for three college scholarships worth $20,000. Only 54 students make it to the national competition.

Miller says some of his counterparts studied for up to five hours each day, but he has a more relaxed approach.

"The only studying I did was playing on National Geographic's GEOBEE app and taking the quiz they have online each day," he said.

The preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee took place on Monday. Miller said he didn’t make it to the final round of the bee, but plans to try again next year.

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the competition at 7:00PM on Thursday, May 23 and it will air on Friday, May 24 at 2:00PM on WJCT Public Television.

Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.