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Geographic Bee State Winners Advance to Finals

National Geographic News
April 8, 2003
 
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They are among the nation's top geography experts—the 55 boys and girls who have won their individual state National Geographic Bee contests and who will now go on to compete for the title of national champion.

National Geographic has released the winners of the 55 state-level National Geographic Bee competition, held across the United States over the past few days.



As many as 100 students in each of the states, Washington, D.C., Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Pacific territories, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, who won their school Bees and then earned a top score on a written exam prepared by the Society, competed to determine the state champions. Each state winner received U.S. $100 and a National Geographic globe, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington for the finals.

The state winners advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21 to vie for the 2003 National Geographic Bee crown, first prize of a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The second- and third-place winners in the national competition will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships respectively. ING Americas, sponsor of the 2003 National Geographic Bee, will also present the national winner with a week's trip to one of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps.

"Jeopardy!" quiz show host Alex Trebek will moderate the national competition for the 15th year. The championship round of the National Geographic Bee will be held at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 21 and will air that day nationally on the National Geographic Channel. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the finals will be broadcast later on public television stations. Check local listings for viewing times.

2003 National Geographic Bee State Winners

Alabama
William White, 8th Grade, Muscle Shoals Middle School, Muscle Shoals

Alaska
Ryan Wetherell, 8th Grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau

Arizona
Steven Kitterman, 8th Grade, Mt. Elden Middle School, Flagstaff

Arkansas
Jacob Felts, 8th Grade, Highland High School, Hardy

California
Henry Yin, 8th Grade, Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont

Colorado
Kathryn Prose, 8th Grade, D'Evelyn Jr. High School, Denver

Connecticut
Jacob Conway, 8th Grade, King Philip Middle School, West Hartford

Delaware
David Pizzuto, 8th Grade, Sanford School, Hockessin

Department of Defense Schools
Andrew Jefferson, 7th Grade, Gaeta American School, Italy

District of Columbia
Thomas Meyerson, 8th Grade, Blessed Sacrament School

Florida
David Goldman, 8th Grade, University School of Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale

Georgia
Martin Ocon, 7th Grade, Pinecrest Academy, Cumming

Hawaii
Eric Liaw, 5th Grade, Punahou School, Honolulu

Idaho
Jacob Lambert, 8th Grade, Mackay Jr. High School, Mackay

Illinois
Daniel Schufreider, 8th Grade, Immaculate Conception School, Elmhurst

Indiana
Joshua Walker, 7th Grade, Schmucker Middle School, Mishawaka

Iowa
Jason Davis, 8th Grade, Trinity Lutheran School, Davenport

Kansas
Andrew Wojtanik, 8th Grade, Lakewood Middle School, Overland Park

Kentucky
William Tamplin, 7th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville

Louisiana
Omar Mysore, 8th Grade, Episcopal School of Acadiana, Cade

Maine
William Murphy, 7th Grade, Scarborough Middle School, Scarborough

Maryland
Alexander Levy, 8th Grade, Westland Middle School, Bethesda

Massachusetts
Anthony Baker, 8th Grade, John D. Runkle School, Brookline

Michigan
Mitchell Treadwell, 8th Grade, Traverse City West Jr. High School, Traverse City

Minnesota
Nathan Cornelius, 5th Grade, Homeschool, Cottonwood

Mississippi
Anna Hopper, 8th Grade, St. Andrew Episcopal School, Ridgeland

Missouri
Matthew McClure, 8th Grade, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Wildwood

Montana
Bo Sun, 7th Grade, Will James Middle School, Billings

Nebraska
Matt Benak, 8th Grade, St. Stephen the Martyr School, Omaha

Nevada
Bryan Chuan, 8th Grade, Swope Middle School, Reno

New Hampshire
Zachary Blatt, 8th Grade, McKelvie Middle School, Bedford

New Jersey
Robert Campana, 7th Grade, St. Therese School, Succasunna

New Mexico
Martin Hussey, 5th Grade, Manzano Day School, Albuquerque

New York
Michael Ryba, 8th Grade, Lake George Jr. High School, Lake George

North Carolina
Kathryn Huddleston, 8th Grade, Magellan Charter School, Raleigh

North Dakota
Asta Lee, 6th Grade, Bel Air Elementary School, Minot

Ohio
Christopher Butler, 8th Grade, Shaker Heights Middle School, Shaker Heights

Oklahoma
Chris Chesny, 7th Grade, Will Rogers Jr. High School, Claremore

Oregon
Samuel Brandt, 6th Grade, Roosevelt Middle School, Eugene

Pacific Territories
Aishwarya Menon, 8th Grade, Leone Midkiff Elementary School, American Samoa

Pennsylvania
Jacob Arem, 8th Grade, Akiba Hebrew Academy, Merion

Puerto Rico
Robby Sagramosa, 8th Grade, St. John School, San Juan

Rhode Island
Karan Takhar, 6th Grade, The Gordon School, East Providence

South Carolina
Debbie Beihl, 8th Grade, Homeschool, Saluda

South Dakota
Otis Clarke, 7th Grade, Axtell Park Middle School, Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Dallas Simons, 7th Grade, Martin Luther King Magnet School, Nashville

Texas
Niyatee Samudra, 8th Grade, Hockaday School, Dallas

Utah
Kevin Chen Ni, 8th Grade, Churchill Jr. High School, Salt Lake City

Vermont
Ian Rockwell, 6th Grade, Browns River Middle School, Jericho

Virgin Islands
Charles Brown, 6th Grade, Joseph Gomez Elementary School, St. Thomas

Virginia
Joseph Huennekens, 7th Grade, H. B. Woodlawn School, Arlington

Washington
James Williams, 8th Grade, Homeschool, Vancouver

West Virginia
Mohsin Mahar, 8th Grade, Shepherdstown Middle School, Shepherdstown

Wisconsin
Sean Rao, 8th Grade, St. Gabriel School, Hubertus

Wyoming
Doyle Evins, 7th Grade, Douglas Middle School, Douglas
 

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