WASHINGTON (May 24, 2006)–Twelve-year-old eighth-grader Bonny Jain, from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Moline, Ill., took top honors at the 2006 National Geographic Bee, held in Washington, D.C., today. He won a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
Second-place winner was Neeraj Sirdeshmukh, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Nashua, N.H., who received a $15,000 college scholarship. Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Yeshwanth Kandimalla, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Marietta, Ga. The 2006 National Geographic Bee was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
Fifty-five state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds on Tuesday, May 23. The top 10 contestants met in today’s final round, which was moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. The seven other finalists were Kelsey Schilperoort of Arizona, Autumn Hughes of Colorado, Drew Coffin of Iowa, Suneil Iyer of Kansas, Krishnan Chandra of Massachusetts, Matthew Vengalil of Michigan and Paige dePolo of Nevada.
The winning question was: Name the mountains that extend across much of Wales, from the Irish Sea to the Bristol Channel.
Answer: Cambrian Mountains
Nearly 5 million students take part in the National Geographic Bee each year.
First-place winner: Carol Seitz, (202) 828-6678, firstname.lastname@example.org
Second-place winner: Heather Cabral, (202) 457-8465, email@example.com
Third-place winner: Carolina Fonts, (202) 775-6717, firstname.lastname@example.org