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A 1999 National Geography Bee contestant with his chaperones.
A shot before the national preliminary rounds of the 1999 National Geography Bee.

The National Geographic Bee (previously called the National Geography Bee) is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The Bee, held every year since 1989, is open to students in the fourth through eighth grade in participating American schools.

The entities represented at the national level are all fifty U.S. states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories in the Pacific (Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa), the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

The National Geographic Bee Finals is hosted by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. The 2008 Bee was held May 20-21, 2008 with the preliminary rounds being held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C., and the finals being held at Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.

The current titleholder as of 2009 is Eric Yang, of Texas, with Arjun Kandaswamy of Oregon and Shantan Krovvidi of North Carolina taking second and third places, respectively.

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Procedure

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School competitions

The competition begins at the school level, usually in November, December, or January. This competition requires at least 6 people entered into the competition, whether it be a homeschooled, private, or public school bee. Any number of competitors may enter these competitions; normally an overall total of five to six million enter each year. There are two major stages in these competitions: preliminary and final. The preliminary competition is further split into two parts: preliminary rounds and a semi-final or tiebreaker round, which is used only in the event of a tie at the end of the preliminary rounds.

In the preliminary rounds, the competitors are split into groups of up to twenty, and each contestant is asked one question from each of seven varying categories. Categories in the past have included cultural geography, economic geography, across-the-country, around-the-world, plants and animals, and geographic comparisons. For each question answered correctly, the contestant is awarded one point. At the end of the seven rounds, the players with the top ten scores advance to the finals. A player may ask for a repeat or a spelling during these rounds, but only twice during the whole bee. A player cannot ask for a spelling or repeat in the semi-final round.

Quite often there is a tie, in which case a semi-final tiebreaker round is need. For example, if six players finished the preliminary rounds with seven points and fifteen finished with six points, the six who finished with seven points automatically advance to the final competition. The fifteen with six points move into the semi-final round where the top four are determined to fill the remainder of the seats in the finals. This is done by asking every player the same question at the same time and giving each player twelve seconds to write down the answer. Each question is automatically repeated twice. Everyone reveals their answer at the end of the twelve seconds and players are eliminated on a single-elimination basis. If, using the above example of four open seats in the finals, there is a question where eight players are left in the semi-final round and three players get the question right, those three advance to the finals. The other five who got the question wrong will continue with the single-elimination procedure to determine which competitor will take the last open seat in the finals.

The final competition consists of two parts: the final round and the championship round. Each of the ten finalists starts with a clean slate. A player is eliminated after two misses and this continues until the number of contestants drops from ten to two and a third place finisher is determined. A player is not officially eliminated until the end of a series of questions, since if all but one competitor makes their second miss in that round, that player stays in the competition. Again, a player may ask for a spelling or repeat on any question, but only once per question. Early in the round, questions may either require oral answers only or written answers from all the competitors at one time. Quite often, many of the earlier questions in this round contain visuals as part of the question, such as maps or pictures. At the national level, they may also include items such as flags, musical instruments, hats, and even live animals. After a certain point, all the questions require individual oral answers only.

If there is a tie for the championship round or third place as mentioned above, a single-elimination, written tiebreaker procedure is used. For example, if there are four players left and three make their second miss in one round, the fourth advances to the championship round and the other three enter the tiebreaker. The moderator will ask each of the three players to answer the same question at the same time on a piece of paper, asking the question twice (players may not ask for a spelling or repeat here). If one of those three answers correctly, he or she will take the other seat in the championship round and the other two will continue in the tiebreaker until a third place winner is determined.

In the championship round, both players start with a clean slate again. The moderator asks both contestants the same question at the same time, repeated twice, and both players have fifteen seconds to write their answer. Both players then show their answers and each player who wrote a correct answer receives one point. There are three questions in the championship round. The player with the most points at the end is the champion. If both players are tied at the end, the competition enters the a tiebreaker round. The rules are the same as for the championship round, except that the first player to get a question right that his opponent misses is the champion.

State and national competitions

The winner of each school-level competition takes a written test, and the top one-hundred in each state or territory qualify for the state bee. The rules at the state level are same as that at the school level, except the preliminary rounds are eight in number instead of seven, and in the preliminary rounds each player is limited to two repeats or spelling for all eight rounds. Players are also limited to two repeats or spellings in the final round, if they qualify. All the state bees are held on the same date, at the same time (in early April) at all locations. State bees originally occurred for the fifty states, five U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands), Washington D.C., and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). The third place finisher from each state receives $50, the second place finisher $75, and the winner $100. All three finalists receive a trophy. The 55 state champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the national competition. In 1999 the state competitions for Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands were merged into one state competition known as the Pacific Territories, and since then there have only been 55 state competitions, instead of 57.

The rules at the national level are the same as those at the state, except the preliminary rounds are nine in number instead of eight. The championship round may also consist of five questions instead of three. The competition is held over two days, with the preliminary rounds on the first day and the final rounds on the second. The national finals are held in late May at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. and hosted by Alex Trebek. The ten finalists are guaranteed $500. The third-place finisher at the national level receives a $10,000 college scholarship, the second-place finisher receives a $15,000 college scholarship, and the national champion receives a $25,000 college scholarship, as well as a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. For the 2009 national bee, the national champion also wins a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands with Alex Trebek and the Jeopardy! Clue Crew.

International competition

There is an international competition, which is also moderated by Alex Trebek, but it is run differently. The top finishers from each country's national competition form a team representing their country and participate in an Olympics-style event which includes a team written competition and a team oral competition.

Champions

Of the nineteen National Geographic Bee champions, seventeen are male and two are female. Five are from the state of Washington, four are from the state of Michigan, two are from Kansas, and various other states have been home to one champion each. The winner of the 2007 finals received a $25,000 scholarship, the second-place finisher received $15,000, and the third-place finisher received $10,000. Other "top ten" finishers received $500. Champions and other top finishers are invited to apply to the four-member U.S. team sent to the biannual National Geographic World Championship.

Year Winner's Name State Grade Winning Question Answer Notes
1989 Jack Staddon Kansas Eighth Name the flat intermontane area located at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,050 m) in the central Andes. Altiplano First Champion
1990 Susannah Batko-Yovino Pennsylvania Sixth Mount Erebus is a volcano on which continent? Antarctica First female champion
1991 David Stillman Idaho Eighth What type of landform is commonly associated with orographic precipitation? Mountain One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals
1992 Lawson Fite Washington Eighth Many coastal countries have established so-called EEZs—areas extending 200 nautical miles (370 km) from shore over which countries have sovereign rights for resource exploration. What do the initials EEZ stand for? Exclusive Economic Zone
1993 Noel Erinjeri Michigan Eighth Tagalog is one of the three main native languages of which island country in Asia? The Philippines Was in the finals in 1992
1994 Anders Knospe Montana Eighth The Tagus River roughly divides which European country into two agricultural regions? Portugal
1995 Chris Galeczka Michigan Eighth Pashtu and Dari are the official languages of which mountainous, landlocked country in southwestern Asia? Afghanistan Was in the finals in 1994
1996 Seyi Fayanju New Jersey Seventh Name the European co-principality whose heads of state are the President of France and the Bishop of Urgel. Andorra One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals; presented an object in the 1994 finals, when he was the New Jersey state champion
1997 Alex Kerchner Washington Seventh Asia's most densely populated country has about three million people and an area of less than 250 square miles (402 km²). Name this country. Singapore Was in the finals in 1996
1998 Petko Peev Michigan Eighth More than 80 million people live in the European Union's most populous member country. Name this country. Germany
1999 David Beihl South Carolina Eighth (homeschooled) The condition characterized by unusually cold ocean temperature in the equatorial region of the eastern Pacific Ocean is known by what Spanish name? La Niña First Home-schooled Champion
2000 Felix Peng Connecticut Eighth Name two of the three largest sections of Denmark, which include its mainland peninsula and two largest islands Jutland, Sjaelland and Fyn
2001 Kyle Haddad-Fonda Washington Eighth Below the equilibrium line of glaciers there is a region of melting, evaporation, and sublimation. Name this zone. Zone of ablation Harvard Student, Honors Candidate ;Was in the finals in 1999
2002 Calvin McCarter Michigan Fifth (homeschooled) Lop Nur, a marshy depression at the east end of the Tarim Basin, is a nuclear test site for which country? China (People's Republic) Youngest champion
2003 James Williams Washington Eighth (homeschooled) Goa, a state in southwestern India, was a possession of which country until 1961? Portugal Also a competitor in the National Middle School Science Bowl and National Science Olympiad.
2004 Andrew Wojtanik Kansas Eighth Peshawar, a city in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, has had strategic importance for centuries because of its location near what historic pass? Khyber Pass
2005 Nathan Cornelius Minnesota Seventh (homeschooled) Lake Gatún, an artificial lake that constitutes part of the Panama Canal system, was created by damming which river? Chagres River
2006 Bonny Jain Illinois Eighth Name the mountains that extend across much of Wales, from the Irish Sea to the Bristol Channel. Cambrian Mountains Placed 13th in 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee; was in the finals in 2005
2007 Caitlin Snaring Washington Eighth (homeschooled) 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. Huế One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals; second female champion
2008 Akshay Rajagopal Nebraska Sixth The urban area of Cochabamba has been in the news recently due to protests over the privatization of the municipal water supply and regional autonomy issues. Cochabamba is the third-largest conurbation in what country? Bolivia One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals.

Won the Bee on his first attempt at the school, state and national level.

2009 Eric Yang Texas Seventh Timis County shares its name with a tributary of the Danube and is located in the western part of which European country? Romania One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals

2009 State Champions

State Winner's Name School City/Town Grade Notes
Alabama Jonathan Hess Holy Spirit Catholic Regional School Tuscaloosa 8th
Alaska Bethany Lee Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage 8th
Arizona Nicholas Farnsworth Flagstaff Home Educators Flagstaff 8th Top 10 finalist
Arkansas Zack Safley Beebe Middle School Beebe 6th
California Samuel Bressler Ladera Vista Junior High School Fullerton 7th
Colorado Alden Savoca Eastern Colorado Christian Home Educators Colorado Springs 8th
Connecticut Robert Chu Hopkins School New Haven 9th
Delaware Varun Wadhwa The Independence School Newark 6th
Department of Defense Miguel Guevara Schweinfurt Middle School Schweinfurt, Germany 8th
District of Columbia Michael Laskowski St. Anselm's Abbey School 7th
Florida Shiva Kangeyan Archimedean Middle Conservatory Miami 7th Top 10 finalist
Georgia Pranav Bhandarkar Malcom Bridge Middle School Bogart 7th
Hawaii Alexander Fager Our Savior Lutheran School Aiea 7th
Idaho Karthik Mouli Hillside Junior High School Boise 5th
Illinois Siva Gangavarapu Thayer J. Hill Middle School Naperville 7th Top 10 finalist
Indiana Ian Markham Nativity of Our Savior Catholic School Portage 7th
Iowa Luc Moisan Grinnell Middle School Grinnell 8th
Kansas Trevor Eggenberger Central Christian Academy Wichita 7th
Kentucky Joseph Michael Kamer Jr. The Lexington School Lexington 7th
Louisiana Amal de Alwis Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School Hammond 7th
Maine Conor Millard Leonard Middle School Old Town 6th
Maryland James Devinne Dumbarton Middle School Baltimore 6th
Massachusetts Zaroug Jaleel Jonas Clarke Middle School Lexington 8th Top 10 finalist
Michigan Karl Golimlim Summit Academy Flat Rock 8th Top 10 finalist
Minnesota Cody Baird Jackson Middle School Champlin 8th
Mississippi William Johnston Coast Episcopal School Long Beach 6th
Missouri Eric F. Matthews El Dorado Springs Middle School El Dorado 8th
Montana Thomas Culver Lincoln County Home Educators Helena 8th
Nebraska Erik Ingram Logan Fontenelle Middle School Bellevue 8th
Nevada Alexander Wade Davidson Academy Reno 6th
New Hampshire Cooper Lecza Ross A. Lurgio Middle School Bedford 8th
New Jersey Roey Hadar Rumson Country Day School Rumson 8th
New Mexico Nicholas Anderson Eisenhower Middle School Albuquerque 7th
New York Aidan Langston St. Ann’s School Brooklyn 6th
North Carolina Shantan Krovvidi Ligon Middle School Raleigh 7th 3rd place
North Dakota Casey Murphy Carrington Public School Carrington 8th
Ohio Nick Merchant St. Brendan School Hilliard 8th
Oklahoma Nathan Thompson Irving Middle School Norman 7th
Oregon Arjun Kandaswamy Meadow Park Middle School Beaverton 8th Second place
Pacific Territories Zachary MacKeller Andersen Middle School Guam 8th
Pennsylvania Henry Glitz St. Bernard School Pittsburgh 7th
Puerto Rico Conrado Asenjo Academia Perpetuo Socorro San Juan 8th
Rhode Island Oliver Lucier Broad Rock Middle School Wakefield 7th
South Carolina Luke Porter Richland County Home Educators Columbia 8th
South Dakota Alex Kimn George S. Mickelson Middle School Brookings 6th
Tennessee Joseph Peterson First Assembly Christian School Cordova 8th
Texas Eric Yang Griffin Middle School The Colony 7th National Champion
Utah Kennen Sparks Farmington Junior High School Farmington 8th Top 10 finalist
Vermont Roger Danilek Marion Cross School Norwich 4th
Virginia Sidharth Verma Rachel Carson Middle School Herndon 7th
Virgin Islands Nathan Peacock St. Croix Country Day School Kingshill 8th
Washington Benjamin Salmon Highline Homeschool Center Burien 8th
West Virginia Jacob Ramthun Athens School Athens 8th
Wisconsin Vansh Jain Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary Minocqua 5th Top 10 finalist
Wyoming Kirsi Anselmi-Stith East Junior High School Rock Springs 7th

2009 State Participants

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2008 State Participants

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2008 State Champions

The 2008 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name School City/Town Grade Notes
Alabama Hunter Bledsoe Hewitt Trussville Middle School Trussville 8th Second place winner
Alaska Thomas Long Kodiak Middle School Kodiak 8th
Arizona Adam Schilperoort Greater Prescott Area Homeschoolers Prescott Valley 7th
Arkansas Eli Westerman Fountain Lake Intermediate School Hot Springs 6th
California Nikhil Desai Challenger School Fremont 8th Top 10 finalist
Colorado Autumn Hughes Christian Home Educators of Colorado (Homeschool cooperative) Wheat Ridge 8th Only female 2008 state winner
Connecticut Thomas Adam Denham Tokeneke School Darien 5th
Delaware Daniel Keiser Corpus Cristi School Wilmington 8th
Department of Defense Forrest Kamperman Ramstein Middle School Germany 8th
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer British School of Washington 8th Top 10 finalist; Four-time state champion
Florida Shiva Kangeyan Archimedean Middle Conservatory Miami 6th
Georgia Alexander Krupp Chamblee Middle School Chamblee 7th
Hawaii Alex Fager Trinity Lutheran School Wahiawa 6th
Idaho Michael Reynolds Taylorview Junior High School Idaho Falls 8th
Illinois Gideon Ticho Avery Coonley School Downers Grove 7th
Indiana Erik Troske Barker Middle School Michigan City 8th Top 10 finalist
Iowa Caleb Olson Chariton Middle School Chariton 8th
Kansas Trevor Eggenberger Central Christian Academy Wichita 5th
Kentucky Matthew Vaughan Home-schooled Louisville 8th
Louisiana Barrett Pratt St. Joseph Catholic School Thibodaux 6th
Maine Kristopher I Kohles William S. Cohen Middle School Bangor 8th
Maryland Michael Morris Roberto Clemente Middle School Germantown 8th
Massachusetts William J Lee Joyce Middle School Woburn 8th Third place winner
Michigan Yunchen "Jimmy" Tian Hillside Middle School Northville 8th
Minnesota Cody DuBois Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center Minneapolis 7th
Mississippi Mamadou Fadiga Hayes Cooper Center Merigold 6th
Missouri Isaac Pasley West Junior High School Columbia 8th Top 10 finals
Montana Joseph Perea Lincoln County Home Educators Eureka 8th Top 10 finalist
Nebraska Akshay S Rajagopal Lux Middle School Lincoln 6th Champion
Nevada Alexander Wade Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School Reno 5th
New Hampshire Milan Sandhu Ross A. Lurgio Middle School Bedford 8th Top 10 finalist
New Jersey Christopher Deritis St. Rose Grammar School Belmar 8th
New Mexico Elijah Candelario Annunciation Catholic School Albuquerque 8th
New York Jason A. Leehow I.S.240 Middle School Canarsie 8th
North Carolina Taylor Morris Charles D. Owen Middle School Swannanoa 8th Top 10 finalist
North Dakota Syed Hyder Wachter Middle School Bismarck 8th
Ohio Jonathan Meckler Hawken School Pepper Pike 8th
Oklahoma Nicholas Vandivort Carver Middle School Tulsa 8th
Oregon Sam Flecker Ainsworth Elementary School Portland 5th
Pacific Territories Vinni Orsini Grace Christian Academy Northern Mariana Islands 8th
Pennsylvania Joey Zou Carson Middle School Pittsburgh 8th
Puerto Rico Sergio Mundo Saint John's School San Juan 8th
Rhode Island Daniel Katz Jewish Community Day School Providence 7th
South Carolina Justin Hunt Gettys Middle School Easley 7th
South Dakota Changlin Ke George S. Mickelson Middle School Brookings 8th
Tennessee Jake Simons Harding Academy Nashville 7th
Texas Matthew Thomas Mary Martin Elementary School Weatherford 6th
Utah Kirk Earl Oak Canyon Junior High School Lindon 8th
Vermont Giovanni Fusco Bishop John A. Marshall School Morrisville 8th
Virginia Christopher Miller Blue Ridge Middle School Purcellville 7th
Virgin Islands Muta Abiff Addelita Cancryn Junior High School St. Thomas 8th
Washington Zachary Reshovsky Griffin Bay Parent Partner Program Friday Harbor 8th
West Virginia Sam McClung John Adams Middle School Charleston 6th
Wisconsin Christian Bakken Magellan Middle School Appleton 8th
Wyoming Hunter Collins Jackson Hole Middle School Jackson Hole 8th

2007 State Champions

The 2007 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name Grade School City/Town Notes
Alabama Matthew Riggle 7th St. John the Baptist Catholic School Madison
Alaska Andrew Lee 8th Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage Top 10 Finalist
Arizona Nathan Tappendorf 6th Eastside Explorers Homeschool Phoenix
Arkansas Jason Saunders 8th Home Educators of Greater Little Rock Little Rock
California Mitchell Mankin 8th Brandeis Hillel Day School San Francisco
Colorado José Antonio de la Peña 8th Christian Home Educators of Colorado Colorado Springs Top 10 Finalist
Connecticut Gregory Naigles 8th Tolland Middle School Tolland
Delaware Daniel Barnes 8th Springer Middle School Wilmington
Department of Defense Andrew Hartford 8th Lakenheath Middle School RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, U.K.
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer 7th British School of Washington Washington, D.C. Top 10 Finalist
Florida Michael Aquilia 8th Farnell Middle School Tampa
Georgia Kaj Hansen 8th Carrollton Junior High Carrollton
Hawaii Isolde Callihan 8th Hawaii Island Christian Home Educators Hilo
Idaho Brandon Smith 6th Rulon M. Ellis Elementary Chubbuck
Illinois Zachary Blumenfeld 8th Daniel Wright Junior High Lincolnshire
Indiana Erik Troske 7th Barker Middle Michigan City
Iowa Derek Hofland 8th Sanborn Christian School Sanborn
Kansas Suneil Iyer 7th Indian Trail Junior High Olathe Second place, also was state champion in 2006
Kentucky Solomon Mayer 8th Sayre School Lexington Top 10 Finalist
Louisiana Amal de Alwis 5th SLU Laboratory School Hammond
Maine John Walsh 8th Harrison Middle Yarmouth
Maryland Raynell Cooper 8th Julius West Middle School Rockville
Massachusetts Christopher Hart 8th Westfield South Middle Westfield
Michigan Daniel Elkus 8th Cranbrook Kingswood Boys Middle Bloomfield Heights
Minnesota Andrew Ford 8th St. Louis Park Junior High St. Louis Park
Mississippi Devi Swamy 8th Madison Middle Madison
Missouri Hannah Goodman 8th S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool St. Louis
Montana Shawn Belobraidic 8th Bonner School Bonner
Nebraska Andrew Vinton 7th St. Patrick School North Platte
Nevada Bart Niday 8th Carson Valley Middle Gardnerville
New Hampshire Milan Sandhu 7th McKelvie Middle Bedford
New Jersey Rachel McEnroe 8th Oak Hill Academy Lincroft
New Mexico Sam Waitt 6th Rio Grande School Santa Fe
New York Josh Shih 8th C. J. Hooker Middle School Goshen
North Carolina Tahsin Zaman 8th Daniels Middle Raleigh
North Dakota James Penrod 8th Memorial Middle Minot
Ohio Jon Moller 8th Walnut Hills High School Cincinnati
Oklahoma Tyler Bowen 8th Lakeview Middle Yukon Top 10 Finalist
Oregon Michael Ling 7th Meadow Park Middle Beaverton, Oregon
Pacific Territories Samuel Wolborsky 8th Andersen Middle Guam
Pennsylvania Andrew Nadig 8th Manheim Township Middle Lancaster
Puerto Rico Francisco Vargas 8th St. John's School San Juan Top 10 Finalist
Rhode Island Samuel Curry 7th Broad Rock Middle School Wakefield
South Carolina Trey Dendrinos 8th Forest Acres Christian Educators West Columbia
South Dakota Alex Larson 8th Vermillion Middle Vermillion
Tennessee Mark Arildsen 7th University School of Nashville Nashville Third place
Texas Jiawei Li 8th Beck Junior High Katy
Utah Kennen Sparks 6th Windridge Elementary Kaysville
Vermont Taylor Horn 8th Leland and Gray Union Middle School Townshend
Virginia Partha Narasimhan 6th Mercer Middle Aldie
Virgin Islands Muta Abiff 7th Addelita Cancryn Junior High St. Thomas
Washington Caitlin Snaring 8th Family Learning Center Redmond 2007 Champion
West Virginia Benjamin Taylor 5th Monongalia Homeschoolers Association Morgantown Top 10 Finalist
Wisconsin Bjorn Ager-Hart 8th FISH Home Education Network Madison
Wyoming Kirsi Anselmi Stith 5th Holy Spirit School Rock Springs

2006 State Champions

The 2006 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name Grade School City/Town Notes
Alabama Lowell Van Ness 8th Bumpus Middle School Hoover
Alaska Andrew Lee 7th Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage
Arizona Kelsey Schilperoort 8th Heritage Christian Home Educators Prescott Top 10 finalist
Arkansas Devin Matthews 6th Lake Area Homeschool Association Drasco
California Ryland Lu 8th Pressman Academy Los Angeles
Colorado Autumn Hughes 6th Homeschooled Wheat Ridge Top 10 finalist
Connecticut Liam McCarthy 8th Middlesex Middle School Darien
Delaware Matthew Heitmann 8th Gunning Bedford Middle School New Castle
Department of Defense Husain Mogri 8th Bahrain School Bahrain
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer 6th British School of Washington Washington, D.C.
Florida John Kim 7th Oslo Middle School Vero Beach
Georgia Yeshwanth Kandimalla 8th Simpson Middle School Marietta Third place
Hawaii Guthrie Angeles 6th Kaleiopuu Elementary School Waipahu
Idaho Ryan Bovard 7th Jennifer Junior High School Lewiston
Illinois Bonny Jain 8th Woodrow Wilson Middle School Moline 2006 champion
Indiana Jonathan Hielkema 7th Highland Christian School Highland
Iowa Drew Coffin 8th Northwest Junior High School Coralville Top 10 finalist
Kansas Suneil Iyer 6th Havencroft Elementary School Olathe Top 10 finalist
Kentucky Matt Hensley 8th Beaumont Middle School Lexington
Louisiana Lee Winkler 5th Kehoe-France School Metairie
Maine Alexander Homer 8th Ellsworth Middle School Ellsworth
Maryland James Plamondon 8th St. John Regional Catholic School Frederick
Massachusetts Krishnan Chandra 8th West Middle School Andover Top 10 finalist
Michigan Matthew Vengalil 8th Parcells Middle School Grosse Pointe Woods Top 10 finalist
Minnesota Simon Smedberg 8th Jefferson Community School Minneapolis
Mississippi Taide Ding 5th Central Elementary School Oxford
Missouri Christopher Winston 7th Crestview Middle School Ellisville
Montana Hannah Goodman 7th Helena Area Christian Home Educators Helena
Nebraska Preston Bradley 8th Lux Middle School Lincoln
Nevada Paige dePolo 7th Little Flower School Reno Top 10 finalist
New Hampshire Neeraj Sirdeshmukh 8th Fairgrounds Middle School Nashua Second Place
New Jersey Evan Meltzer 8th Central Middle School Stirling
New Mexico Luis Baca 6th Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque
New York Jonathan Katz 8th Scarsdale Middle School Scarsdale
North Carolina Michael Narup 8th Myrtle Grove Middle School Wilmington
North Dakota Conrad Eggers 8th Horizon Middle School Bismarck
Ohio Nirbhay Jain 7th Ottawa Hills Junior High School Toledo
Oklahoma Anthony Gonzalez 8th Centennial Middle School Broken Arrow
Oregon Michael Ling 6th Meadow Park Middle School Beaverton, Oregon
Pacific Territories Ian Farley 7th South Pacific Academy Pago Pago
Pennsylvania Michael Luo 8th Eagle View Middle School Mechanicsburg
Puerto Rico Francisco Vargas 7th St. John's School San Juan
Rhode Island Laura Kulm 8th Archie Cole Middle School East Greenwich
South Carolina Andrew Brill 8th Anderson County Homeschoolers Anderson
South Dakota Joseph Knofczynski 6th Georgia Morse Middle School Pierre
Tennessee Mark Arildsen 6th University School of Nashville Nashville
Texas Jiawei Li 7th Beck Junior High Katy
Utah Jeffrey Bennett 8th Midvale Middle School Midvale
Vermont Lucas Earl 8th Randolph Union Jr./Sr. High School Randolph
Virginia José Antonio de la Peña 7th Families in Support of Home Education Burke
Virgin Islands Sean Marin 8th St. Croix Country Day School St. Croix
Washington Caitlin Snaring 7th Family Learning Center Redmond
West Virginia Joshua Hamrick 8th Webster Springs Middle School Webster Springs
Wisconsin Oliver Buchino 8th Marshall Middle School Marshall
Wyoming James Mothersbaugh 6th Park Elementary School Casper

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The National Geographic Bee (previously called the National Geography Bee) is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The bee, held every year since 1989, is open to students in the fourth through eighth grade in participating American schools.

The entities represented at the national level are all fifty U.S. states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories in the Pacific (Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa), the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

The National Geographic Bee Finals is hosted by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. The 2008 bee was held May 20–21, 2008 with the preliminary rounds being held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C., and the finals being held at Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.

The current titleholder as of 2010 is Aadith Moorthy of Florida.[1]

Contents

Procedure

School competitions

The competition begins at the school level, usually in November, December, or January. This competition requires at least 6 people entered into the competition, whether it be a homeschooled, private, or public school bee. Any number of competitors may enter these competitions; normally an overall total of five to six million enter each year. There are two major stages in these competitions: preliminary and final. The preliminary competition is further split into two parts: preliminary rounds and a semi-final or tiebreaker round, which is used only in the event of a tie at the end of the preliminary rounds.

In the preliminary rounds, the competitors are split into groups of up to twenty, and each contestant is asked one question from each of seven varying categories. Categories in the past have included cultural geography, economic geography, across-the-country, around-the-world, plants and animals, and geographic comparisons. For each question answered correctly, the contestant is awarded one point. At the end of the seven rounds, the players with the top ten scores advance to the finals. A player may ask for a repeat or a spelling during these rounds, but only twice during the whole bee. A player cannot ask for a spelling or repeat in the semi-final round.

Quite often there is a tie, in which case a semi-final tiebreaker round is need. For example, if six players finished the preliminary rounds with seven points and fifteen finished with six points, the six who finished with seven points automatically advance to the final competition. The fifteen with six points move into the semi-final round where the top four are determined to fill the remainder of the seats in the finals. This is done by asking every player the same question at the same time and giving each player twelve seconds to write down the answer. Each question is automatically repeated twice. Everyone reveals their answer at the end of the twelve seconds and players are eliminated on a single-elimination basis. If, using the above example of four open seats in the finals, there is a question where eight players are left in the semi-final round and three players get the question right, those three advance to the finals. The other five who got the question wrong will continue with the single-elimination procedure to determine which competitor will take the last open seat in the finals.

The final competition consists of two parts: the final round and the championship round. Each of the ten finalists starts with a clean slate. A player is eliminated after two misses and this continues until the number of contestants drops from ten to two and a third place finisher is determined. A player is not officially eliminated until the end of a series of questions, since if all but one competitor makes their second miss in that round, that player stays in the competition. Again, a player may ask for a spelling or repeat on any question, but only once per question. Early in the round, questions may either require oral answers only or written answers from all the competitors at one time. Quite often, many of the earlier questions in this round contain visuals as part of the question, such as maps or pictures. At the national level, they may also include items such as flags, musical instruments, hats, and even live animals. After a certain point, all the questions require individual oral answers only.

If there is a tie for the championship round or third place as mentioned above, a single-elimination, written tiebreaker procedure is used. For example, if there are four players left and three make their second miss in one round, the fourth advances to the championship round and the other three enter the tiebreaker. The moderator will ask each of the three players to answer the same question at the same time on a piece of paper, asking the question twice (players may not ask for a spelling or repeat here). If one of those three answers correctly, he or she will take the other seat in the championship round and the other two will continue in the tiebreaker until a third place winner is determined.

In the championship round, both players start with a clean slate again. The moderator asks both contestants the same question at the same time, repeated twice, and both players have fifteen seconds to write their answer. Both players then show their answers and each player who wrote a correct answer receives one point. There are three questions in the championship round. The player with the most points at the end is the champion. If both players are tied at the end, the competition enters the a tiebreaker round. The rules are the same as for the championship round, except that the first player to get a question right that his opponent misses is the champion.

State and national competitions

The winner of each school-level competition takes a written test, and the top one-hundred in each state or territory qualify for the state bee. The rules at the state level are same as that at the school level, except the preliminary rounds are eight in number instead of seven, and in the preliminary rounds each player is limited to two repeats or spelling for all eight rounds. Players are also limited to two repeats or spellings in the final round, if they qualify. All the state bees are held on the same date, at the same time (in early April) at all locations. State bees originally occurred for the fifty states, five U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands), Washington D.C., and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). The third place finisher from each state receives $50, the second place finisher $75, and the winner $100. All three finalists receive a trophy. The 55 state champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the national competition. In 1999 the state competitions for Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands were merged into one state competition known as the Pacific Territories, and since then there have only been 55 state competitions, instead of 57.

The rules at the national level are the same as those at the state, except the preliminary rounds are nine in number instead of eight. The championship round may also consist of five questions instead of three. The competition is held over two days, with the preliminary rounds on the first day and the final rounds on the second. The national finals are held in late May at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. and hosted by Alex Trebek. The ten finalists are guaranteed $500. The third-place finisher at the national level receives a $10,000 college scholarship, the second-place finisher receives a $15,000 college scholarship, and the national champion receives a $25,000 college scholarship, as well as a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. For the 2009 national bee, the national champion also wins a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands with Alex Trebek and the Jeopardy! Clue Crew.

International competition

There is an international competition, which is also moderated by Alex Trebek, but it is run differently. The top finishers from each country's national competition form a team representing their country and participate in an Olympics-style event which includes a team written competition and a team oral competition.

Champions

Of the nineteen National Geographic Bee champions, seventeen are male and two are female. Five are from the state of Washington, four are from the state of Michigan, two are from Kansas, and various other states have been home to one champion each. The winner of the 2007 finals received a $25,000 scholarship, the second-place finisher received $15,000, and the third-place finisher received $10,000. Other top ten finishers received $500. Champions and other top finishers are invited to apply to the four-member U.S. team sent to the biannual National Geographic World Championship.

Year Winner's Name State Grade Final Question Answer Notes
1989 Jack Staddon  Kansas Eighth Name the flat intermontane area located at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,050 m) in the central Andes. Altiplano First Champion
1990 Susannah Batko-Yovino  Pennsylvania Sixth Mount Erebus is a volcano on which continent? Antarctica First female champion
1991 David Stillman  Idaho Eighth What type of landform is commonly associated with orographic precipitation? Mountain One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals
1992 Lawson Fite  Washington Eighth Many coastal countries have established so-called EEZs—areas extending 200 nautical miles (370 km) from shore over which countries have sovereign rights for resource exploration. What do the initials EEZ stand for? Exclusive Economic Zone
1993 Noel Erinjeri  Michigan Eighth Tagalog is one of the three main native languages of which island country in Asia? The Philippines Was in the finals in 1992
1994 Anders Knospe  Montana Eighth The Tagus River roughly divides which European country into two agricultural regions? Portugal
1995 Chris Galeczka  Michigan Eighth Pashtu and Dari are the official languages of which mountainous, landlocked country in southwestern Asia? Afghanistan Was in the finals in 1994
1996 Seyi Fayanju  New Jersey Seventh Name the European co-principality whose heads of state are the President of France and the Bishop of Urgel. Andorra One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals; presented an object in the 1994 finals, when he was the New Jersey state champion
1997 Alex Kerchner  Washington Seventh Asia's most densely populated country has about three million people and an area of less than 250 square miles (402 km²). Name this country. Singapore Was in the finals in 1996
1998 Petko Peev  Michigan Eighth More than 80 million people live in the European Union's most populous member country. Name this country. Germany
1999 David Beihl  South Carolina Eighth (homeschooled) The condition characterized by unusually cold ocean temperature in the equatorial region of the eastern Pacific Ocean is known by what Spanish name? La Niña First Home-schooled Champion
2000 Felix Peng  Connecticut Eighth Name two of the three largest sections of Denmark, which include its mainland peninsula and two largest islands Jutland, Sjaelland and Fyn
2001 Kyle Haddad-Fonda  Washington Eighth Below the equilibrium line of glaciers there is a region of melting, evaporation, and sublimation. Name this zone. Zone of ablation Harvard Student, Honors Candidate; Was in the finals in 1999
2002 Calvin McCarter  Michigan Fifth (homeschooled) Lop Nur, a marshy depression at the east end of the Tarim Basin, is a nuclear test site for which country? China (People's Republic) Youngest champion
2003 James Williams  Washington Eighth (homeschooled) Goa, a state in southwestern India, was a possession of which country until 1961? Portugal Also a competitor in the National Middle School Science Bowl and National Science Olympiad.
2004 Andrew Wojtanik  Kansas Eighth Peshawar, a city in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, has had strategic importance for centuries because of its location near what historic pass? Khyber Pass
2005 Nathan Cornelius  Minnesota Seventh (homeschooled) Lake Gatún, an artificial lake that constitutes part of the Panama Canal system, was created by damming which river? Chagres River
2006 Bonny Jain  Illinois Eighth Name the mountains that extend across much of Wales, from the Irish Sea to the Bristol Channel. Cambrian Mountains Placed 13th in 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee; was in the finals in 2005
2007 Caitlin Snaring  Washington Eighth (homeschooled) 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. Huế One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals; second female champion
2008 Akshay Rajagopal  Nebraska Sixth The urban area of Cochabamba has been in the news recently due to protests over the privatization of the municipal water supply and regional autonomy issues. Cochabamba is the third-largest conurbation in what country? Bolivia One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals.

Won the Bee on his first attempt at the school, state and national level.

2009 Eric Yang  Texas Seventh Timis County shares its name with a tributary of the Danube and is located in the western part of which European country? Romania One of only five champions with a perfect score in the finals
2010 Aadith Moorthy  Florida Eighth The largest city in northern Haiti was renamed following Haiti’s independence from France. What is the present-day name of this city? Cap-Haïtien

2010 State Champions

State Winner's Name School City/Town Grade Notes
 Alabama James Niiler Rock Quarry Middle School Tuscaloosa 6th[2]
 Alaska Nathan Swan Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage 7th[3]
 Arizona Arun Yadav Greenbriar Elementary School Phoenix 5th
 Arkansas Grant Baker Alma Middle School Alma 8th
Atlantic Territories Jorge Asenjo Academia del Perpetuo Socorro San Juan, Puerto Rico 8th
 California Alek S Venturino Charlotte Wood Middle School Danville 8th
 Colorado Isabella Contolini Red Rocks Elementary School Morrison 6th Only female 2010 state champion
 Connecticut Darius Mostaghimi Walter C. Polson Middle School Madison 8th
 Delaware Varun Wadhwa The Independence School Newark 7th
File:United States Department of Defense Department of Defense William Miller Heidelberg Middle School Heidelberg, Germany 7th
File:Flag of Washington, D.C..svg District of Columbia Matthew Wilson Blessed Sacrament School Washington, D.C. 5th
 Florida Aadith Moorthy Palm Harbor Middle School Palm Harbor 8th National Champion
File:Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Georgia Pranav Bhandarkar Malcom Bridge Middle School Bogart 8th Top ten finalist (6th Place)
 Hawaii Alex Fager Our Savior Lutheran School Aiea 8th
 Idaho Karthik Mouli Hillside Junior High School Boise 6th Third place
 Illinois Anton Karpovich Walter R. Sundling Junior High School Palatine 8th
 Indiana Ian Markham Nativity of Our Savior Catholic School Portage 8th
 Iowa Johannes Gassman Ames Homeschool Assistance Program Ames 7th
 Kansas Stefan Petrovic Broken Arrow School Lawrence 6th Top ten finalist (4th Place)
 Kentucky Nolan Phillips Montessori Middle School of Kentucky Lexington 8th
 Louisiana Anthony Stoner Christian Brothers School Gretna 6th
 Maine James Davis III Sabattus Central School Sabattus 8th
 Maryland Thomas Naatz Norwood School Bethesda 6th
 Massachusetts Abhinav Kurada Amsa Charter School Littleton 6th Top ten finalist (5th Place)
 Michigan Jacob Tanner Saline Middle School Saline 7th
 Minnesota Gopi Ramanathan Sartell Middle School Sartell 7th
 Mississippi Mamadou Fadiga Margaret Green Junior High School Cleveland 8th
 Missouri Joshua Vogel Trinity Lutheran School Cape Girardeau 7th
 Montana Erik Ellis Yellowstone County Home Educators Hardin
 Nebraska Zebulon Cooper Prague Public School Prague 8th
 Nevada Alexander Wade Davidson Academy Reno 6th
 New Hampshire David Ferreira Amherst Middle School Amherst 8th
 New Jersey David Yin Thomas R. Grover Middle School West Windsor 8th
 New Mexico Joseph Couls Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic School Albuquerque 7th
 New York Richard Zhang Jericho Middle School Jericho 8th
 North Carolina Logan Shaut Blowing Rock Elementary School Blowing Rock 8th
 North Dakota Micah Mabin Wachter Middle School Bismarck 8th
 Ohio Evan Nichols St. Hilary School Fairlawn 7th
 Oklahoma Nicholas Payne Pioneer Junior High School Waukomis 8th
 Oregon Samuel Coste Greater Salem Home Educators Salem 7th
Pacific Territories Matteo Tanak Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School Guam 8th
 Pennsylvania Jacob Zimmer James S. Wilson Middle School Erie 7th
 Rhode Island Oliver Lucier Curtis Corner Middle School Wakefield 8th 2nd Place
 South Carolina Kelvin Davis Williston-Elko Middle School Williston 7th
 South Dakota Alex Kimn George S. Mickelson Middle School Brookings 7th
 Tennessee Simon Crow Robertsville Middle School Oak Ridge 8th
 Texas Tine Valencic Colleyville Middle School Colleyville 6th
 Utah Anthony Cheng Peruvian Park Elementary School Sandy 6th Top ten finalist (6th Place)
 Vermont William Hodgson-Walker Charlotte Central School Charlotte 7th
 Virginia James Stiff St. Mary's Catholic School Richmond 8th Top ten finalist (9th Place)
 Washington Alec Sjoholm Terrace Park Elementary School Mountlake Terrace 6th
 West Virginia Andrew Braun Hurricane Middle School Hurricane 8th Top ten finalist (9th Place)
 Wisconsin Vansh Jain Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary Minocqua 6th Top ten finalist (6th Place)

Was a finalist in 2009

 Wyoming Zachery Dubisz Star Valley Middle School Afton 8th

2009 State Champions

State Winner's Name School City/Town Grade Notes
 Alabama Jonathan Hess Holy Spirit Catholic Regional School Tuscaloosa 8th
 Alaska Bethany Lee Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage 8th
 Arizona Nicholas Farnsworth Flagstaff Home Educators Flagstaff 8th Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
 Arkansas Zack Safley Beebe Middle School Beebe 6th
 California Samuel Bressler Ladera Vista Junior High School Fullerton 7th
Colorado Alden Savoca Eastern Colorado Christian Home Educators Colorado Springs 8th
Connecticut Robert Chu Hopkins School New Haven 9th
Delaware Varun Wadhwa The Independence School Newark 6th
Department of Defense Miguel Guevara Schweinfurt Middle School Schweinfurt, Germany 8th
District of Columbia Michael Laskowski St. Anselm's Abbey School Washington, D.C. 7th
Florida Shiva Kangeyan Archimedean Middle Conservatory Miami 7th Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
Georgia Pranav Bhandarkar Malcom Bridge Middle School Bogart 7th
Hawaii Alex Fager Our Savior Lutheran School Aiea 7th
Idaho Karthik Mouli Hillside Junior High School Boise 5th
Illinois Siva Gangavarapu Thayer J. Hill Middle School Naperville 7th Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
Indiana Ian Markham Nativity of Our Savior Catholic School Portage 7th
Iowa Luc Moisan Grinnell Middle School Grinnell 8th
Kansas Trevor Eggenberger Central Christian Academy Wichita 7th
Kentucky Joseph Michael Kamer Jr. The Lexington School Lexington 7th
Louisiana Amal de Alwis Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School Hammond 7th
Maine Conor Millard Leonard Middle School Old Town 6th
Maryland James Devinne Dumbarton Middle School Baltimore 6th
Massachusetts Zaroug Jaleel Jonas Clarke Middle School Lexington 8th Top 10 finalist (9th Place)
Michigan Karl Golimlim Summit Academy Flat Rock 8th Top 10 finalist (5th Place)
Minnesota Cody Baird Jackson Middle School Champlin 8th
Mississippi William Johnston Coast Episcopal School Long Beach 6th
Missouri Michael S. Ritter Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School Washington 8th
Montana Thomas Culver Lincoln County Home Educators Helena 8th
Nebraska Erik Ingram Logan Fontenelle Middle School Bellevue 8th
Nevada Alexander Wade Davidson Academy Reno 6th
New Hampshire Cooper Lecza Ross A. Lurgio Middle School Bedford 8th
New Jersey Roey Hadar Rumson Country Day School Rumson 8th
New Mexico Nicholas Anderson Eisenhower Middle School Albuquerque 7th
New York Aidan Langston St. Ann’s School Brooklyn 6th
North Carolina Shantan Krovvidi Ligon Middle School Raleigh 7th 3rd place
North Dakota Casey Murphy Carrington Public School Carrington 8th
Ohio Nick Merchant St. Brendan School Hilliard 8th
Oklahoma Nathan Thompson Irving Middle School Norman 7th
Oregon Arjun Kandaswamy Meadow Park Middle School Beaverton 8th Second place
Pacific Territories Zachary MacKeller Andersen Middle School Guam 8th
Pennsylvania Henry Glitz St. Bernard School Pittsburgh 7th
Puerto Rico Conrado Asenjo Academia Perpetuo Socorro San Juan 8th
Rhode Island Oliver Lucier Broad Rock Middle School Wakefield 7th
South Carolina Luke Porter Richland County Home Educators Columbia 8th
South Dakota Alex Kimn George S. Mickelson Middle School Brookings 6th
Tennessee Joseph Peterson First Assembly Christian School Cordova 8th
 Texas Eric Yang Griffin Middle School The Colony 7th National Champion
Utah Kennen Sparks Farmington Junior High School Farmington 8th Top 10 finalist (9th Place)
Vermont Roger Danilek Marion Cross School Norwich 4th
Virginia Sidharth Verma Rachel Carson Middle School Herndon 7th
Virgin Islands Nathan Peacock St. Croix Country Day School Kingshill 8th
Washington Benjamin Salmon Highline Homeschool Center Burien 8th
West Virginia Jacob Ramthun Athens School Athens 8th
Wisconsin Vansh Jain Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary Minocqua 5th Top 10 finalist (4th Place)
Wyoming Kirsi Anselmi-Stith East Junior High School Rock Springs 7th

2009 State Participants

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2008 State Participants

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2008 State Champions

The 2008 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name School City/Town Grade Notes
Alabama Hunter Bledsoe Hewitt Trussville Middle School Trussville 8th Second place winner
Alaska Thomas Long Kodiak Middle School Kodiak 8th
Arizona Adam Schilperoort Greater Prescott Area Homeschoolers Prescott Valley 7th
Arkansas Eli Westerman Fountain Lake Intermediate School Hot Springs 6th
California Nikhil Desai Challenger School Fremont 8th Top 10 finalist (9th Place)
Colorado Autumn Hughes Christian Home Educators of Colorado (Homeschool cooperative) Wheat Ridge 8th Only female 2008 state winner
Connecticut Thomas Adam Denham Tokeneke School Darien 5th
Delaware Daniel Keiser Corpus Cristi School Wilmington 8th
Department of Defense Forrest Kamperman Ramstein Middle School Germany 8th
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer British School of Washington Washington, D.C. 8th Top 10 finalist; Four-time state champion (9th Place)
Florida Shiva Kangeyan Archimedean Middle Conservatory Miami 6th
Georgia Alexander Krupp Chamblee Middle School Chamblee 7th
Hawaii Alex Fager Trinity Lutheran School Wahiawa 6th
Idaho Michael Reynolds Taylorview Junior High School Idaho Falls 8th
Illinois Gideon Ticho Avery Coonley School Downers Grove 7th
Indiana Erik Troske Barker Middle School Michigan City 8th Top 10 finalist (4th Place)
Iowa Caleb Olson Chariton Middle School Chariton 8th
Kansas Trevor Eggenberger Central Christian Academy Wichita 5th
Kentucky Matthew Vaughan Home-schooled Louisville 8th
Louisiana Barrett Pratt St. Joseph Catholic School Thibodaux 6th
Maine Kristopher I Kohles William S. Cohen Middle School Bangor 8th
Maryland Michael Morris Roberto Clemente Middle School Germantown 8th
Massachusetts William J Lee Joyce Middle School Woburn 8th Third place winner
Michigan Yunchen "Jimmy" Tian Hillside Middle School Northville 8th
Minnesota Cody DuBois Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center Minneapolis 7th
Mississippi Mamadou Fadiga Hayes Cooper Center Merigold 6th
Missouri Isaac Pasley West Junior High School Columbia 8th Top 10 finalist (8th Place)
Montana Joseph Perea Lincoln County Home Educators Eureka 8th Top 10 finalist (7th Place)
Nebraska Akshay S Rajagopal Lux Middle School Lincoln 6th Champion
Nevada Alexander Wade Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School Reno 5th
New Hampshire Milan Sandhu Ross A. Lurgio Middle School Bedford 8th Top 10 finalist (5th Place)
New Jersey Christopher Deritis St. Rose Grammar School Belmar 8th
New Mexico Elijah Candelario Annunciation Catholic School Albuquerque 8th
New York Jason A. Leehow I.S.240 Middle School Canarsie 8th
North Carolina Taylor Morris Charles D. Owen Middle School Swannanoa 8th Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
North Dakota Syed Hyder Wachter Middle School Bismarck 8th
Ohio Jonathan Meckler Hawken School Pepper Pike 8th
Oklahoma Nicholas Vandivort Carver Middle School Tulsa 8th
Oregon Sam Flecker Ainsworth Elementary School Portland 5th
Pacific Territories Vinni Orsini Grace Christian Academy Northern Mariana Islands 8th
Pennsylvania Joey Zou Carson Middle School Pittsburgh 8th
Puerto Rico Sergio Mundo Saint John's School San Juan 8th
Rhode Island Daniel Katz Jewish Community Day School Providence 7th
South Carolina Justin Hunt Gettys Middle School Easley 7th
South Dakota Changlin Ke George S. Mickelson Middle School Brookings 8th
Tennessee Jake Simons Harding Academy Nashville 7th
Texas Matthew Thomas Mary Martin Elementary School Weatherford 6th
Utah Kirk Earl Oak Canyon Junior High School Lindon 8th
Vermont Giovanni Fusco Bishop John A. Marshall School Morrisville 8th
Virginia Christopher Miller Blue Ridge Middle School Purcellville 7th
Virgin Islands Muta Abiff Addelita Cancryn Junior High School St. Thomas 8th
Washington Zachary Reshovsky Griffin Bay Parent Partner Program Friday Harbor 8th
West Virginia Sam McClung John Adams Middle School Charleston 6th
Wisconsin Christian Bakken Magellan Middle School Appleton 8th
Wyoming Hunter Collins Jackson Hole Middle School Jackson Hole 8th

2007 State Champions

The 2007 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name Grade School City/Town Notes
Alabama Matthew Riggle 7th St. John the Baptist Catholic School Madison
Alaska Andrew Lee 8th Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage Top 10 Finalist (6th Place)
Arizona Nathan Tappendorf 6th Eastside Explorers Homeschool Phoenix
Arkansas Jason Saunders 8th Home Educators of Greater Little Rock Little Rock
California Mitchell Mankin 8th Brandeis Hillel Day School San Francisco
Colorado José Antonio de la Peña 8th Christian Home Educators of Colorado Colorado Springs Top 10 Finalist (5th Place)
Connecticut Gregory Naigles 8th Tolland Middle School Tolland
Delaware Daniel Barnes 8th Springer Middle School Wilmington
Department of Defense Andrew Hartford 8th Lakenheath Middle School RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, U.K.
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer 7th British School of Washington Washington, D.C. Top 10 Finalist (10th Place)
Florida Michael Aquilia 8th Farnell Middle School Tampa
Georgia Kaj Hansen 8th Carrollton Junior High Carrollton
Hawaii Isolde Callihan 8th Hawaii Island Christian Home Educators Hilo
Idaho Brandon Smith 6th Rulon M. Ellis Elementary Chubbuck
Illinois Zachary Blumenfeld 8th Daniel Wright Junior High Lincolnshire
Indiana Erik Troske 7th Barker Middle Michigan City
Iowa Derek Hofland 8th Sanborn Christian School Sanborn
Kansas Suneil Iyer 7th Indian Trail Junior High Olathe Second place, also was state champion in 2006
Kentucky Solomon Mayer 8th Sayre School Lexington Top 10 Finalist (7th Place)
Louisiana Amal de Alwis 5th SLU Laboratory School Hammond
Maine John Walsh 8th Harrison Middle Yarmouth
Maryland Raynell Cooper 8th Julius West Middle School Rockville
Massachusetts Christopher Hart 8th Westfield South Middle Westfield
Michigan Daniel Elkus 8th Cranbrook Kingswood Boys Middle Bloomfield Heights
Minnesota Andrew Ford 8th St. Louis Park Junior High St. Louis Park
Mississippi Devi Swamy 8th Madison Middle Madison
Missouri Hannah Goodman 8th S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool St. Louis
Montana Shawn Belobraidic 8th Bonner School Bonner
Nebraska Andrew Vinton 7th St. Patrick School North Platte
Nevada Bart Niday 8th Carson Valley Middle Gardnerville
New Hampshire Milan Sandhu 7th McKelvie Middle Bedford
New Jersey Rachel McEnroe 8th Oak Hill Academy Lincroft
New Mexico Sam Waitt 6th Rio Grande School Santa Fe
New York Josh Shih 8th C. J. Hooker Middle School Goshen
North Carolina Tahsin Zaman 8th Daniels Middle Raleigh
North Dakota James Penrod 8th Memorial Middle Minot
Ohio Jon Moller 8th Walnut Hills High School Cincinnati
Oklahoma Tyler Bowen 8th Lakeview Middle Yukon Top 10 Finalist (7th Place)
Oregon Michael Ling 7th Meadow Park Middle Beaverton
Pacific Territories Samuel Wolborsky 8th Andersen Middle Guam
Pennsylvania Andrew Nadig 8th Manheim Township Middle Lancaster
Puerto Rico Francisco Vargas 8th St. John's School San Juan Top 10 Finalist (4th Place)
Rhode Island Samuel Curry 7th Broad Rock Middle School Wakefield
South Carolina Trey Dendrinos 8th Forest Acres Christian Educators West Columbia
South Dakota Alex Larson 8th Vermillion Middle Vermillion
Tennessee Mark Arildsen 7th University School of Nashville Nashville Third place
 Texas Jiawei Li 8th Beck Junior High Katy
Utah Kennen Sparks 6th Windridge Elementary Kaysville
Vermont Taylor Horn 8th Leland and Gray Union Middle School Townshend
Virginia Partha Narasimhan 6th Mercer Middle Aldie
Virgin Islands Muta Abiff 7th Addelita Cancryn Junior High St. Thomas
Washington Caitlin Snaring 8th Family Learning Center Redmond 2007 Champion
West Virginia Benjamin Taylor 5th Monongalia Homeschoolers Association Morgantown Top 10 Finalist (7th Place)
Wisconsin Bjorn Ager-Hart 8th FISH Home Education Network Madison
Wyoming Kirsi Anselmi Stith 5th Holy Spirit School Rock Springs

2006 State Champions

The 2006 National Geographic Bee state winners:

State Winner's Name Grade School City/Town Notes
Alabama Lowell Van Ness 8th Bumpus Middle School Hoover
Alaska Andrew Lee 7th Interior Distance Education of Alaska Anchorage
Arizona Kelsey Schilperoort 8th Heritage Christian Home Educators Prescott Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
Arkansas Devin Matthews 6th Lake Area Homeschool Association Drasco
California Ryland Lu 8th Pressman Academy Los Angeles
Colorado Autumn Hughes 6th Homeschooled Wheat Ridge Top 10 finalist (9th Place)
Connecticut Liam McCarthy 8th Middlesex Middle School Darien
Delaware Matthew Heitmann 8th Gunning Bedford Middle School New Castle
Department of Defense Husain Mogri 8th Bahrain School Bahrain
District of Columbia Benjamin Geyer 6th British School of Washington Washington, D.C.
Florida John Kim 7th Oslo Middle School Vero Beach
Georgia Yeshwanth Kandimalla 8th Simpson Middle School Marietta Third place
Hawaii Guthrie Angeles 6th Kaleiopuu Elementary School Waipahu
Idaho Ryan Bovard 7th Jennifer Junior High School Lewiston
Illinois Bonny Jain 8th Woodrow Wilson Middle School Moline 2006 champion
Indiana Jonathan Hielkema 7th Highland Christian School Highland
Iowa Drew Coffin 8th Northwest Junior High School Coralville Top 10 finalist (8th Place)
Kansas Suneil Iyer 6th Havencroft Elementary School Olathe Top 10 finalist (4th Place)
Kentucky Matt Hensley 8th Beaumont Middle School Lexington
Louisiana Lee Winkler 5th Kehoe-France School Metairie
Maine Alexander Homer 8th Ellsworth Middle School Ellsworth
Maryland James Plamondon 8th St. John Regional Catholic School Frederick
Massachusetts Krishnan Chandra 8th West Middle School Andover Top 10 finalist (5th Place)
Michigan Matthew Vengalil 8th Parcells Middle School Grosse Pointe Woods Top 10 finalist (6th Place)
Minnesota Simon Smedberg 8th Jefferson Community School Minneapolis
Mississippi Taide Ding 5th Central Elementary School Oxford
Missouri Christopher Winston 7th Crestview Middle School Ellisville
Montana Hannah Goodman 7th Helena Area Christian Home Educators Helena
Nebraska Preston Bradley 8th Lux Middle School Lincoln
Nevada Paige dePolo 7th Little Flower School Reno Top 10 finalist (9th Place)
New Hampshire Neeraj Sirdeshmukh 8th Fairgrounds Middle School Nashua Second Place
New Jersey Evan Meltzer 8th Central Middle School Stirling
New Mexico Luis Baca 6th Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque
New York Jonathan Katz 8th Scarsdale Middle School Scarsdale
North Carolina Michael Narup 8th Myrtle Grove Middle School Wilmington
North Dakota Conrad Eggers 8th Horizon Middle School Bismarck
Ohio Nirbhay Jain 7th Ottawa Hills Junior High School Toledo
Oklahoma Anthony Gonzalez 8th Centennial Middle School Broken Arrow
Oregon Michael Ling 6th Meadow Park Middle School Beaverton
Pacific Territories Ian Farley 7th South Pacific Academy Pago Pago
Pennsylvania Michael Luo 8th Eagle View Middle School Mechanicsburg
Puerto Rico Francisco Vargas 7th St. John's School San Juan
Rhode Island Laura Kulm 8th Archie Cole Middle School East Greenwich
South Carolina Andrew Brill 8th Anderson County Homeschoolers Anderson
South Dakota Joseph Knofczynski 6th Georgia Morse Middle School Pierre
Tennessee Mark Arildsen 6th University School of Nashville Nashville
Texas Jiawei Li 7th Beck Junior High Katy
Utah Jeffrey Bennett 8th Midvale Middle School Midvale
Vermont Lucas Earl 8th Randolph Union Jr./Sr. High School Randolph
Virginia José Antonio de la Peña 7th Families in Support of Home Education Burke
Virgin Islands Sean Marin 8th St. Croix Country Day School St. Croix
Washington Caitlin Snaring 7th Family Learning Center Redmond
West Virginia Joshua Hamrick 8th Webster Springs Middle School Webster Springs
Wisconsin Oliver Buchino 8th Marshall Middle School Marshall
Wyoming James Mothersbaugh 6th Park Elementary School Casper

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