Photograph by Mark Thiessen
Since the first National Geographic Bee in 1989, millions of students have competed each year for a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship and the honor of being national champion.
The champions have come from diverse backgrounds—ranging from large cities to family farms. They have had varied interests and today are pursuing different educational paths. Among their shared characteristics are the desire to excel and an inherent curiosity about geography and the world around them.
On April 1, 2011 about 100 fourth to eighth graders in each of the 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools faced off during the National Geographic state level bees.
The 54 winners listed below will be competing at the May 24-25 championship in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Picard, 6th Grade, Berry Middle School, Hoover
Andrew Hull, 5th Grade, Rogers Park Elementary, Anchorage
Luke Hellum, 8th Grade, Sunrise Middle School, Scottsdale
Christian Boekhout, 5th Grade, Hot Spring Intermediate School, Hot Spring
Jamon Fisk, 8th Grade, St. Croix Country Day School, Kingshill
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 4th Grade, The Nueva School, Hillsborough
Isabella Contolini, 7th Grade, Dunstan Middle School, Lakewood
Michael Borecki, 6th Grade, Middlesex Middle School, Darien
Sophia Marianiello, 7th Grade, Newark Charter School, Newark
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS
Gavin Moulton, 7th Grade, Naples American Middle School, Naples, Italy
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Nathaniel Burrows, 6th Grade, Maret School, Washington
Martin Konstantinov, 6th Grade, Lake Mary Preparatory School, Lake Mary
Nilai Sarda, 7th Grade, The Westminster School, Atlanta
Andrew Anderton, 6th Grade, Hawaii Technology Academy, Waipahu
Dylan Smith, 8th Grade, Taylorview Junior High School, Idaho Falls
Anne Ulrich, 8th Grade, Lake County Homeschoolers, Grayslake
Kevin Mi, 8th Grade, Creekside Middle School, Carmel
Ian Klopfenstein, 7th Grade, Franklin Middle School, Cedar Rapids
Stefan Petrovic, 7th Grade, South Junior High School, Lawrence
Nivedita Khandkar, 8th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville
James Anthony Stoner, 7th Grade, Christian Brothers School, New Orleans
Benjamin MacLean, 7th Grade, York Middle School, York
Neel Lakhanpal, 7th Grade, Severn School, Severna Park
Karthik Karnik, 7th Grade, King Philip Middle School, Norfolk
Jacob Tanner, 8th Grade, Saline Middle School, Saline
William Bogenschultz, 7th Grade, Ramsey Junior High School, St. Paul
Luke Eckstein, 8th Grade, St. Aloysius High School, Vicksburg
Joshua Vogel, 8th Grade, Trinity Lutheran School, Cape Girardeau
Claire Hinther, 8th Grade, Target Range School, Missoula
Sean Lynch, 7th Grade, St. Wenceslaus School, Omaha
Asimwe Oben-Nyarko, 8th Grade, Schofield Middle School, Las Vegas
Isaac Ozer, 8th Grade, Windham Middle School, Windham
Kevin Pang, 7th Grade, Stewartsville Middle School, Stewartsville
Zachary Ward, 8th Grade, Albuquerque Area Home Educators, Albuquerque
Matthew Wigler, 8th Grade, Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck
Alex Pinder, 6th Grade, St. Leo the Great Parish School, Winston-Salem
Tanner Carlson, 6th Grade, Grimsrud Elementary, Bismarck
Narayan Sundararajan, 8th Grade, Shaker Heights Middle School, Shaker Heights
Soorajnath Boominathan, 8th Grade, Deer Creek Middle School, Edmond
Harish Palani, 5th Grade, Findley Elementary, Portland
Caleb Skvaril, 8th Grade, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, Guam
Alexander Kozitzky, 8th Grade, Indian Crest Middle School, Souderton
Chase Boni, 8th Grade, North Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland
Krish Patel, 5th Grade, Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville
Alex Kimn, 8th Grade, George S. Mickelson Middle School, Brookings
Arunabh Singh, 8th Grade, Schilling Farms Middle School, Collierville
Tiné Valencic, 7th Grade, Colleyville Middle School, Colleyville
Anthony Cheng, 7th Grade, Midvale Middle School, Midvale
Sparsh Bhardwaj, 7th Grade, Fredrick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington
Patrick Hammes, 7th Grade, Herndon Middle School, Herndon
Arjun Kumar, 7th Grade, Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah
Abel Abraham, 8th Grade, St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School, Morgantown
Robert Rosner, 8th Grade, Phelps School, Phelps
Dwaine Kenney, 8th Grade, Big Piney Middle School, Big Piney
Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography whiz kids will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 to take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.
For Teachers and Parents
Learn more about the new online registration process for qualifying schools: U.S. schools with any grade 4-8.
Every competition has rules—read ours, then let the fun begin!
Wondering how to register for the Bee or how to prepare? Our "Frequently Asked Questions" have the answers!
What's the best way for students to prepare for the Bee? Here are some tips from the National Geographic Bee.
Answer sample questions from the National Geographic Bee, and get ideas on how to look for clues within the questions that can help you figure out the right answers.
The latest from the National Geographic Store will help you prepare for the Bee.
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