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Geography Whiz Kids to Vie for 2015 National Geographic Bee Champion Title and $85,000 in College Scholarships

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WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015)—Fifty-four of the nation’s top geography students will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 11 to 13 to take part in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. The fourth- through eighth-graders, who range in age from 10 to 14, will be competing for the chance to be the 2015 national champion and […]

Download Information about the 2015 National Geographic State Bee Champions

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Profiles of the 2015 National Geographic State Bee Champions are available for download at the link above. These 54 students will compete in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee held May 11-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

For more information and photos related to the National Geographic Bee please contact Kelsey Flora, kflora@ngs.org or Farley Fitzgerald, ffitzgerald@ngs.org.

The 2015 National Geographic State Bee Champions are:
ALABAMA- Kapil Nathan, 5th Grade, Mount Laurel Elementary School, Birmingham
ALASKA- Ben Ng, 7th Grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau
ARKANSAS- Sojas Wagle, 8th Grade, Southwest Junior High School, Springdale
ARIZONA- Cameron Danesh, 8th Grade, On-Track Academy, Scottsdale
CALIFORNIA- Madhavan Krishnan, 6th Grade, Sam H. Lawson Middle School, Cupertino
COLORADO- William Jacob (Jake) Hofgard, 7th Grade, Louisville Middle School, Louisville
CONNECTICUT- Alexander Koutsoukos, 6th Grade, Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton
DELAWARE- Rohan Kanchana, 6th Grade, Newark Charter School, Newark
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Jacob Wall, 6th Grade, British School of Washington, Washington, D.C.
FLORIDA- Rishi Nair, 5th Grade, Lincoln Magnet School, Plant City
GEORGIA- Vibhav Kanyadan, 7th Grade, Walker School, Marietta
HAWAII- Mika Ishii, 7th Grade, Kaimuki Middle School, Honolulu
IDAHO- Nicholas Monahan, 6th Grade, Payette Lakes Middle School, McCall
ILLINOIS- Alexandru Grindeanu, 8th Grade, Gower Middle School, Burr Ridge
INDIANA- Thomas Gatewood, 8th Grade, Western Middle School, Russiaville
IOWA- Patrick Taylor, 7th Grade, Northwest Junior High School, Coralville
KANSAS- Chinmay Patil, 7th Grade, California Trail Middle School, Olathe
KENTUCKY- Pranav Kanmadikar, 6th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville
LOUISIANA- Ajaya Tummala, 8th Grade, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Shreveport
MAINE- Matthew Chase, 8th Grade, Wells Junior High School, Wells
MARYLAND- Abhinav Karthikeyan, 6th Grade, Roberto W. Clemente Middle School, Germantown
MASSACHUSETTS- Inwook (Lucy) Chae, 7th Grade, Charles E. Brown Middle School, Newton Centre
MICHIGAN- Shriya Yarlagadda, 6th Grade, Grand Blanc East Middle School, Grand Blanc
MINNESOTA- Shreyas Varathan, 8th Grade, Shakopee Area Catholic School, Shakopee
MISSISSIPPI- Ian Espy, 8th Grade, St Andrew’s Episcopal School, Ridgeland
MISSOURI- Nikhil Krishnan, 7th Grade, Rockwood South Middle School, Fenton
MONTANA- Grace Rembert, 7th Grade, Sacajawea Middle School, Bozeman
NEBRASKA- Brendan Pennington, 6th Grade, Prairie Lane Elementary School, Omaha
NEVADA- Brian Montes, 8th Grade, Adobe Middle School, Elko
NEW HAMPSHIRE- Isaac Stearns, 7th Grade, Kearsarge Regional Middle School, North Sutton
NEW JERSEY- Karan Menon, 8th Grade, John Adams Middle School, Edison
NEW MEXICO- Lakshay Sood, 4th Grade, Manzano Day School, Albuquerque
NEW YORK- Arnav Patra, 7th Grade, Heim Middle School, Williamsville
NORTH CAROLINA- Ian Garnto, 8th Grade, West Alexander Middle School, Taylorsville
NORTH DAKOTA- Sean Ness, 6th Grade, Valley Middle School, Grand Forks
OHIO- Suyash Dixit, 8th Grade, Shanahan Middle School, Lewis Center
OKLAHOMA- Grant Talkington, 7th Grade, Brink Junior High School, Oklahoma City
OREGON- Ashwin Sivakumar, 5th Grade, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland
PENNSYLVANIA- Tejas Badgujar, 8th Grade, Hampton Middle School, Allison Park
RHODE ISLAND- Eli Fulton, 7th Grade, Rhode Island of Home Educators (Home School), North Kingstown
SOUTH CAROLINA- Nicolas Grigat, 8th Grade, St Anne’s School, Rock Hill
SOUTH DAKOTA- Damian Herrera, 8th Grade, Dakota Valley Middle School, North Sioux City
TENNESSEE- John Webster, 7th Grade, Evangelical Christian School, Cordova
TEXAS- Joseph Afuso, 8th Grade, Bishop Garriga Middle School, Corpus Christi
UTAH- Gauri Garg, 8th Grade, Bear River Charter School, Logan
VERMONT- David Liebowitz, 6th Grade, Weybridge Elementary School, Weybridge
VIRGINIA- Alexander Perdue, 8th Grade, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem
WASHINGTON- Nick Harrington, 8th Grade, Lakeside Middle School, Seattle
WEST VIRGINIA- Hunter Midcap, 6th Grade, St Michael Parish School, Wheeling
WISCONSIN- Joshua Frank, 7th Grade, Fall River School, Fall River
WYOMING- Annika Coberly, 8th Grade, Upton Middle School, Upton
ATLANTIC TERRITORIES- Christopher Sharpless, 8th Grade, Antilles School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
PACIFIC TERRITORIES- Ethan Thomas Storie, 8th Grade, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, Singjana, Guam
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS- Ethan Cooper, 8th Grade, Menwith Hill Elementary/High School, Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Top Geography Students to Test Skills at 2015 National Geographic State Bees on March 27

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WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015)—On Friday, March 27, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in state Bees, competing for a spot in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee championship in Washington, D.C., on May 11-13. Organized by the National Geographic Society, the 2015 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google. […]

Akhil Rekulapelli of Virginia Wins 2014 National Geographic Bee and $50,000 College Scholarship

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WASHINGTON (May 21, 2014)—Akhil Rekulapelli of Dulles, Virginia, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, took top honors at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee held today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. Akhil, who finished in fourth place at the 2013 National Geographic Bee, is the first student from Virginia […]

Download the 2014 National Geographic Bee Winners Yearbook

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The 2014 National Geographic Bee Winners Yearbook contains the name and photo of the first-, second- and third-place winners of the 2014 National Geographic Bee. It also provides the winning question of the competition, fun facts for each winner as well as their ages, schools, and cities.

Download the 2014 National Geographic Bee Top 10 Finalists Yearbook

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The 2014 National Geographic Bee Top 10 Finalists Yearbook contains the name and photo of the contestants that qualified for the final round of the National Geographic Bee, to take place May 21. It also provides fun facts for each finalist as well as their ages, schools, and cities.

10 STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR 2014 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND, MAY 21

2014 National Geographic Geography Bee Finalists.

The preliminary round of the 26th annual National Geographic Bee was held Monday, May 19. 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 21.

The 10 finalists are:

• Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, CA
• Pranit Nanda, CO
• Ameya Mujumbar, FL
• Ansel Ahabue, GA
• Nick Rommel, MA
• Kyle Yu, OH
• Max Levine, RI
• Krish Patel, SC
• Akhil Rekulapelli, VA
• Asha Jain, WI

Media Advisory-Details on the 2014 National Geographic Bee

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26th ANNUAL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE TAKES PLACE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 19-21

Young Geography Brainiacs Set Sights on 2014 National Geographic Bee Title And $85,000 in College Scholarships

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WASHINGTON (May 6, 2014)—Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography whiz kids will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 to take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. The fifth- through eighth-graders, who range in age from 11 to 15, will be competing for the 2014 Bee crown and three college […]

Download the 2014 National Geographic Bee Yearbook

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The 2014 National Geographic Bee Yearbook contains the name and photo of each of the 54 national finalists who will take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. May 19-21. It also provides fun facts for each finalist as well as their ages, schools, and cities.

Top Geography Students to Test Skills at State Geographic Bees on April 4

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WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014)—On Friday, April 4, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in state-level Geographic Bees, competing for a spot in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. Organized by the National Geographic Society, the 2014 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google. At […]

National Geographic Names Daniel Beaupré New Executive Director of National Geographic Bee

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2013)—Daniel Beaupré has been tapped to head the National Geographic Bee. His appointment as National Geographic’s executive director, geography competitions and student experiences, was announced today. Previously director of education partnerships with National Geographic Live, Beaupré is just the second Bee director in the contest’s 25-year history, replacing Mary Lee Elden who […]

Sathwik Karnik from Massachusetts Wins 2013 National Geographic Bee And $25,000 College Scholarship

2013 Geography Bee Finals at the National Theater, Washington DC.

 ‘Geo Bee 2013’ to air Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel & Nat Geo WILD WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013)—Sathwik Karnik of Massachusetts, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk, southwest of Boston, took top honors at the 25th annual National Geographic Bee held at The National […]

Soledad O’Brien Named New Moderator of National Geographic Bee

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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013)—Award-winning journalist, speaker, producer, television host and filmmaker Soledad O’Brien was today named the new moderator of the National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society’s annual geography competition. O’Brien will take over the role from “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who has moderated the National Geographic Bee for 25 years. He will step […]

Geography Whiz Kids to Vie for 2013 National Bee Title And $50,000 in College Scholarships, May 20-22

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WASHINGTON (May 2, 2013)—Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography geniuses will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 20 to 22 to take part in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. The fourth- through eighth-graders, ranging in age from 10 to 14, will be competing for the 2013 Bee crown and three college scholarships worth […]

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Soledad O'Brien Bio

Soledad O'Brien, National Geographic Bee Moderator

Dan Beaupre Bio

Dan Beaupre, National Geographic Bee Executive Director

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