Ten Students Win Places in National Geographic Bee Final

May 24, 2005

Ten students have emerged from the National Geographic Bee semifinals and will compete in tomorrow's championship round.

The finalists emerged victorious from an elimination round at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., today. In this round all 55 state-level winners competed for the opportunity to take part in the finals, which will be hosted by Alex Trebek of the Jeopardy TV game show.

State-level winners won the National Geographic Bee in their respective states or U.S. territories earlier this year.

Each state competition was the culmination of a process that started with some five million fourth through eighth graders in nearly 15,000 schools across the United States.

The championship round will air tomorrow on the National Geographic Channel and afterward on public television stations. (Check local listings for day and time.)

The national champion will be awarded a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship. Second- and third-place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships.

National Geographic Bee 2005 Finalists

Florida: Jesse Weinberg, Ransom Everglades Middle School, Coconut Grove

Illinois: Bonny Jain, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Moline

Kansas: Benjamin Detrixhe, Clifton-Clyde Middle School, Clyde

Michigan: Jamie Ding, Parcells Middle School, Grosse Pointe Woods

Minnesota: Nathan Cornelius, Marshall Area Christian Home Educators Association

Missouri: Matthew Thampy, St. Charles County Homeschoolers

New Jersey: Tejas Raje, Crossroads North Middle School, Monmouth Junction

Oregon: Samuel Brandt, Roosevelt Middle School, Eugene

Rhode Island: Karan Takhar, The Gordon School, East Providence

Washington State: Max Sugarman, Pine Lake Middle School, Sammamish

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