WASHINGTON (May 23, 2007)–Fourteen-year-old Caitlin Snaring, a homeschooled eighth-grader from Redmond, Wash., took top honors at the 2007 National Geographic Bee held in Washington, D.C., today. She won a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
Second-place winner was Suneil Iyer, 12, a seventh-grader at Indian Trail Junior High School in Olathe, Kan., who received a $15,000 college scholarship. Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Mark Arildsen, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at the University School of Nashville, in Nashville, Tenn. The 2007 National Geographic Bee was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
The winning question was: A city that is divided by a river of the same name was the imperial capital of Vietnam for more than a century. Name this city, which is still an important cultural center. Answer: Hue
Caitlin is the second girl to win the Bee since it began in 1989. She is also the fifth student from Washington to win the Bee. Washington has produced more national winners than any other state.
Fifty-five state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2007 National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, May 22. The top 10 contestants met in today’s final round, which was moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. The seven other finalists were Andrew Lee of Alaska, Antonio de la Peña of Colorado, Benjamin Geyer of the District of Columbia, Solly Mayer of Kentucky, Tyler Bowen of Oklahoma, Francisco Vargas of Puerto Rico and Benjamin Taylor of West Virginia.
Nearly 5 million students take part in the National Geographic Bee each year.
First-place winner: Ellen Siskind, (202) 828-5650, email@example.com
Second-place winner: Rebecca Penovich, (202) 775-6163, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third-place winner: Cindy Beidel, (202) 862-5286, email@example.com