WASHINGTON (May 20, 2009)—Eric Yang, 13, a seventh-grader at Griffin Middle School in The Colony, Texas, took top honors at the 2009 National Geographic Bee held in Washington, D.C., today. He won a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands with National Geographic Bee moderator and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.
Second-place winner and recipient of a $15,000 college scholarship was Oregon’s Arjun Kandaswamy, 14, an eighth-grader at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton. Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to North Carolina’s Shantan Krovvidi, 13, a seventh-grader at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh.
The winning question was: Timiş County shares its name with a tributary of the Danube and is located in the western part of which European country? Answer: Romania.
Fifty-five state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2009 National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, May 19. The top 10 contestants met in today’s final round. The seven other finalists, who won $500, were Nicholas Farnsworth of Arizona, Shiva Kangayan of Florida, Siva Gangavarapu of Illinois, Zaroug Jaleel of Massachusetts, Kenji Golimlim of Michigan, Kennan Sparks of Utah and Vansh Jain of Wisconsin.
Nearly 5 million students take part in the National Geographic Bee each year.
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