The preliminary round of the 27th annual National Geographic Bee was held today, Monday, May 11. The top 10 finishers — from the field of 54 state-level winners who took part in the prelims — will compete in the final round to be held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 13. First prize is a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second- and third-place winners receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships respectively. This round of the competition will be aired on the National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 15, and on Nat Geo WILD at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, May 20.
The 10 finalists are:
- Kapil Nathan — Alabama
- Sojas Wagle — Arkansas
- Nicholas Monahan — Idaho
- Patrick Taylor — Iowa
- Abhinav Karthikeyan — Maryland
- Lucy Chae — Massachusetts
- Shriya Yarlagadda — Michigan
- Shreyas Varathan — Minnesota
- Karan Menon — New Jersey
- Tejas Badgujar — Pennsylvania
Wednesday, May 13
Doors open to the media: 8:15 a.m. ET
Doors close: 9:30 a.m. ET
Competition: 10 a.m. to ~11:30 a.m. ET
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, N.W.
*Contestants as well as National Geographic spokespersons will be available for interviews directly after the competition.
Kelsey Flora, National Geographic, (202) 828-8023, firstname.lastname@example.org
Farley Fitzgerald, National Geographic, (202) 775-6119, email@example.com
ONLINE PRESS ROOM: press.nationalgeographic.com/geo-bee/
Photos available via DropBox (required caption and credit info enclosed)