Geographic Bee Finalists Named

National Geographic News
May 22, 2001

Ten students won through to the final round of the 2001 National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, emerging as the brightest young geography brains from a group of 55 U.S. state and territory bee champions.

The finalists will gather at National Geographic headquarters for the final round Wednesday in a televised contest moderated by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. The national champion of the 2001 National Geographic Bee will be presented with a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship. The first runner-up will win a scholarship for $15,000 and the second runner-up will collect $10,000.

The ten finalists are:

  • Arizona: Paul Ruffner
  • Arkansas: Kyle Macfarlan
  • California: Fedor Manin
  • Georgia: Robert McRae
  • Hawaii: Nick Jachowski
  • Louisiana: Hank Legan
  • Nevada: Jim Hoffman
  • New York: Michael Oh
  • Texas: Jason Ferguson
  • Washington state: Kyle Haddad-Fonda

    The 55 semifinalists were the winners of their state geographic bees, having triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Pacific Territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

    The championship round will air nationally on the new National Geographic Channel later tomorrow. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the finals will also be broadcast later on public television stations.

    First USA is the corporate sponsor of the 2001 National Geographic Bee.



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