Photo: Aadith Moorthy GeoBee winner

Aadith Moorthy, 2010 National Geographic Bee winner, receives a check and a lifetime membership to National Geographic.

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.

ALABAMA
Daniel Picard, 6th Grade, Berry Middle School, Hoover

ALASKA
Andrew Hull, 5th Grade, Rogers Park Elementary, Anchorage

ARIZONA
Luke Hellum, 8th Grade, Sunrise Middle School, Scottsdale

ARKANSAS
Christian Boekhout, 5th Grade, Hot Spring Intermediate School, Hot Spring

ATLANTIC TERRITORIES
Jamon Fisk, 8th Grade, St. Croix Country Day School, Kingshill

CALIFORNIA
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 4th Grade, The Nueva School, Hillsborough

COLORADO
Isabella Contolini, 7th Grade, Dunstan Middle School, Lakewood

CONNECTICUT
Michael Borecki, 6th Grade, Middlesex Middle School, Darien

DELAWARE
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

FLORIDA
Martin Konstantinov, 6th Grade, Lake Mary Preparatory School, Lake Mary

GEORGIA
Nilai Sarda, 7th Grade, The Westminster School, Atlanta

HAWAII
Andrew Anderton, 6th Grade, Hawaii Technology Academy, Waipahu

IDAHO
Dylan Smith, 8th Grade, Taylorview Junior High School, Idaho Falls

ILLINOIS
Anne Ulrich, 8th Grade, Lake County Homeschoolers, Grayslake

INDIANA
Kevin Mi, 8th Grade, Creekside Middle School, Carmel

IOWA
Ian Klopfenstein, 7th Grade, Franklin Middle School, Cedar Rapids

KANSAS
Stefan Petrovic, 7th Grade, South Junior High School, Lawrence

KENTUCKY
Nivedita Khandkar, 8th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville

LOUISIANA
James Anthony Stoner, 7th Grade, Christian Brothers School, New Orleans

MAINE
Benjamin MacLean, 7th Grade, York Middle School, York

MARYLAND
Neel Lakhanpal, 7th Grade, Severn School, Severna Park

MASSACHUSETTS
Karthik Karnik, 7th Grade, King Philip Middle School, Norfolk

MICHIGAN
Jacob Tanner, 8th Grade, Saline Middle School, Saline

MINNESOTA
William Bogenschultz, 7th Grade, Ramsey Junior High School, St. Paul

MISSISSIPPI
Luke Eckstein, 8th Grade, St. Aloysius High School, Vicksburg

MISSOURI
Joshua Vogel, 8th Grade, Trinity Lutheran School, Cape Girardeau

MONTANA
Claire Hinther, 8th Grade, Target Range School, Missoula

NEBRASKA
Sean Lynch, 7th Grade, St. Wenceslaus School, Omaha

NEVADA
Asimwe Oben-Nyarko, 8th Grade, Schofield Middle School, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Isaac Ozer, 8th Grade, Windham Middle School, Windham

NEW JERSEY
Kevin Pang, 7th Grade, Stewartsville Middle School, Stewartsville

NEW MEXICO
Zachary Ward, 8th Grade, Albuquerque Area Home Educators, Albuquerque

NEW YORK
Matthew Wigler, 8th Grade, Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck

NORTH CAROLINA
Alex Pinder, 6th Grade, St. Leo the Great Parish School, Winston-Salem

NORTH DAKOTA
Tanner Carlson, 6th Grade, Grimsrud Elementary, Bismarck

OHIO
Narayan Sundararajan, 8th Grade, Shaker Heights Middle School, Shaker Heights

OKLAHOMA
Soorajnath Boominathan, 8th Grade, Deer Creek Middle School, Edmond

OREGON
Harish Palani, 5th Grade, Findley Elementary, Portland

PACIFIC TERRITORIES
Caleb Skvaril, 8th Grade, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, Guam

PENNSYLVANIA
Alexander Kozitzky, 8th Grade, Indian Crest Middle School, Souderton

RHODE ISLAND
Chase Boni, 8th Grade, North Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland

SOUTH CAROLINA
Krish Patel, 5th Grade, Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville

SOUTH DAKOTA
Alex Kimn, 8th Grade, George S. Mickelson Middle School, Brookings

TENNESSEE
Arunabh Singh, 8th Grade, Schilling Farms Middle School, Collierville

TEXAS
Tiné Valencic, 7th Grade, Colleyville Middle School, Colleyville

UTAH
Anthony Cheng, 7th Grade, Midvale Middle School, Midvale

VERMONT
Sparsh Bhardwaj, 7th Grade, Fredrick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington

VIRGINIA
Patrick Hammes, 7th Grade, Herndon Middle School, Herndon

WASHINGTON
Arjun Kumar, 7th Grade, Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah

WEST VIRGINIA
Abel Abraham, 8th Grade, St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School, Morgantown

WISCONSIN
Robert Rosner, 8th Grade, Phelps School, Phelps

WYOMING
Dwaine Kenney, 8th Grade, Big Piney Middle School, Big Piney

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