Courtesy photo Christian Ramirez, an eighth-grade-student at White Sands School, is headed to the 2016 New Mexico National Geographic State Bee April 1 at the National Dance Institute. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th 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 an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.