The 2010 Maine Geographic Bee will take place Friday, April 9 at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center in Portland. Maine’s top 100 geographers will compete to become Maine Geographic Bee champion. The event begins at noon with opening remarks, followed by preliminary round competitions. The top 10 will compete in the final round from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in the Hannaford Lecture Hall. All 100 students will be recognized at an awards ceremony immediately following the final competition. Special awards will be given to the top three finishers at the ceremony.

Nine Midcoast students qualified for the Maine Geographic Bee.

• Elsa Tiemann of the Association of Homeschoolers, Camden

• Joseph Chamberlin of Camden-Rockport Middle School

• Caleb Love-Webb of the Riley School, Glen Cove

• Nathan Soule of Hope Elementary School

• Natalie Carrier of North Haven Community School

• Jennifer Carter of Rockland District Middle School

• Katie Moody of Appleton Village School

• Patrick Melody of Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro

• Cale Gee of Prescott Memorial School, Washington

The winner of the Maine bee will go to Washington, D.C., in May for the national competition hosted by TV game show host Alex Trebek. USM’s Geography-Anthropology Department and the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education are co-hosts of the event. USM and University of Maine-Farmington faculty and area teachers will serve as judges and moderators while USM students assist.