Ten Students Head To Geographic Bee Finals

National Geographic News
May 21, 2002

Ten students won through to the final round of the 2002 National Geographic Bee, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. The semifinal round was contested by 55 state bee champions, representing U.S. states and territories. They in turn won state and school competitions earlier this year.

 The finalists for the championship round at National Geographic's headquarters in Washington tomorrow are:

Isaiah Hess, a 14-year-old homeschooled 8th grader from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Aaron Kiersh, a 12-year-old 6th grader at Bedford Middle School in Westport, Connecticut.

Ryan Felix, a 14-year-old 8th grader at Naples American High School, Naples, Italy. He represents U.S. Department of Defense schools.

Benjamin Detrixhe, an 11-year-old 5th grader at Clyde Elementary School, Clyde, Kansas.

Calvin McCarter, a 10-year-old homeschooled 5th grader from Jenison, Michigan.

Nathaniel Mattison, a 13-year-old 8th grader at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk, New York.

Alex Smith, a 13-year-old 8th grader at Turrentine Middle School in Burlington, North Carolina.

John Rice, a 14-year-old homeschooled 8th grader from Maddock, North Dakota.

Matthew Russell, a 14-year-old 8th grader at Fretz Middle School in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

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