Young map and travel enthusiast qualifies for state National Geographic GeoBee

Young map and travel enthusiast qualifies for state National Geographic GeoBee

Franklin teen Brooklyn Lord has had a passion for maps and travel since she was as young as 3 or 4 years old. // Photo submitted


Franklin resident Brooklyn Lord has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Tennessee state competition at Tennessee State University on Friday, March 29.

It could be said she was born for such a competition.

“Even at age 3 or 4, Brooklyn had a great visual memory and would pore over maps,” her father, Brian Lord, said in an email. “She started asking for more maps and atlases, and played with the popular Intelliglobe toy that lets kids play games and learn about cities, people and places around the world.

“She loves apps like Stack The Countries, the GeoBee app, and of course she loves to travel. We have a giant world wall map and try to meet people from different countries.”

Brian Lord said he was a geography fan himself growing up, and his wife, Krista, is the one with the travel bug. Perhaps the couple’s love for maps, travel and geography is evident in the fact that Brooklyn’s siblings are named Sydney, Boston and Charlotte.

Now 13, Brooklyn is homeschooled and has tutorials through New Song Christian Academy in Brentwood.

“This past fall we found out we could help her tutorial start a GeoBee group, so we put together monthly GeoBee game nights with food, teams, crazy games and prizes,” Lord said “It was great for her to be able to share her love of geography with others.  We averaged 20-plus students per game night, and all the kids loved it.”

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. National Geographic 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 GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each state champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; second place will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each.

Follow the National competition at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22 at

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