WASHINGTON (May 26, 2010)—Aadith Moorthy, 13, an eighth-grader at Palm Harbor Middle School in Palm Harbor, Fla., took top honors at the 2010 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.
Second-place winner and recipient of a $15,000 college scholarship was Rhode Island’s Oliver Lucier, 13, an eighth-grader at Curtis Corner Middle School in Wakefield. Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Idaho’s Karthik Mouli, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Hillside Junior High School in Boise.
The winning question was: The largest city in northern Haiti was renamed following Haiti’s independence from France. What is the present-day name of this city? Answer: Cap-Haïtien.
Fifty-four state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2010 National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, May 25. The top 10 contestants met in today’s final round. The seven other finalists, who won $500, were Pranav Bhandarkar, 13, of Georgia; Stefan Petrović, 12, of Kansas; Abhinav Kurada, 11, of Massachusetts; Anthony Cheng, 11, of Utah; James Stiff, 13, of Virginia; Andrew Braun, 13, of West Virginia; and Vansh Jain, 11, of Wisconsin. This year’s contest was sponsored by Google.
More than 4 million students took part in the 2010 National Geographic Bee.
NOTE: Profiles of the 54 competitors can be found on National Geographic’s online press room at the ftp site:http://ftp.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/bee_10/
(user name: press | password: press)
For first-place winner: Stephanie Montgomery, (202) 857-5838, firstname.lastname@example.org / John McFeely, (202) 857-7659, email@example.com
For second-place winner: Ethan Fried, (202) 857-7037, firstname.lastname@example.org
For third-place winner: Stephanie Montgomery, (202) 857-5838, email@example.com