Photo: Aadith Moorthy GeoBee winner

Aadith Moorthy GeoBee 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 March 30, 2012 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 22-24 championship in Washington, D.C.

ALABAMA

Daniel Picard, 7th Grade, Berry Middle School, Hoover

ALASKA

Andrew Hull, 6th Grade, Rogers Park Elementary School, Anchorage

ARIZONA

Raghav Ranga, 8th Grade, St. Gregory College Preparatory School, Tucson

ARKANSAS

Christian Boekhout, 6th Grade, Hot Springs Intermediate School, Hot Springs

ATLANTIC TERRITORIES

Gilberto Marxaach, 8th Grade, Academia del Perpetuo Socorro, San Juan

CALIFORNIA

Varun Mahadevan, 7th Grade, Prince of Peace Lutheran School, Fremont

COLORADO

Pranit Nanda, 6th Grade, Aurora Quest K-8 School, Aurora

CONNECTICUT

Michael Borecki, 7th Grade, Middlesex Middle School, Darien

DELAWARE

Tomasz Mroz, 5th Grade, North Star Elementary School, Hockesin

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS

Dominik Muellerleile, 8th Grade, Wiesbaden Middle School, Wiesbaden, Germany

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Matthew Wilson, 7th Grade, Blessed Sacrament School

FLORIDA

Maya Patel, 8th Grade, Liberty Middle School, Tampa

GEORGIA

Sahr Singh, 7th Grade, Dodgen Middle School, Marietta

HAWAII

Mika Ishii, 4th Grade, John Wilson Elementary School, Honolulu

IDAHO

Matthew Miller, 5th Grade, Russell Elementary School, Moscow

ILLINOIS

Conrad Oberhaus, 6th Grade, Daniel Wright Junior High School, Lincolnshire

INDIANA

Caroline Peterson, 8th Grade, St. Joseph County Homeschoolers, South Bend

IOWA

John Mahoney, 7th Grade, Stillwell Junior High School, West Des Moines

KANSAS

Ganesh Aruna, 8th Grade, Overland Trail Middle School, Overland Park

KENTUCKY

Nikhil Krishna, 6th Grade, Corbin Intermediate School, Corbin

LOUISIANA

James Anthony Stoner, 8th Grade, Jesuit High School, New Orleans

MAINE

Benjamin MacLean, 8th Grade, York Middle School, York

MARYLAND

Adam Rusak, 8th Grade, Lakelands Park Middle School, Gaithersburg

MASSACHUSETTS

Karthik Karnik, 8th Grade, King Philip Regional Middle School, Norfolk

MICHIGAN

Philip Huang, 6th Grade, Wayne County Home Educators, Farmington Hills

MINNESOTA

Gopi Ramanathan, 8th Grade, Sartell Middle School, Sartell

MISSISSIPPI

Josh Waldbieser, 8th Grade, Margaret Green Junior High School, Cleveland

MISSOURI

Jack Langen, 8th Grade, West Junior High School, Columbia

MONTANA

Rosie McCormack, 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, Missoula

NEBRASKA

Jack Nussrallah, 6th Grade, Mary Our Queen School, Omaha

NEVADA

Nikolas Papameletiou, 8th Grade, St. Anne Catholic School, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Neelam Sandhu, 7th Grade, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford

NEW JERSEY

Siddharth Kurella, 8th Grade, Crossroads North Middle School, Monmouth Junction

NEW MEXICO

Gabriel Cuneo, 6th Grade, Shepherd Lutheran School,  Albuquerque

NEW YORK

Aparna Nair-Kanneganti, 8th Grade, Henry H. Wells Middle School, Brewster

NORTH CAROLINA

William (Frank) Kenny, 8th Grade, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte

NORTH DAKOTA

Tanner Carlson, 7th Grade, Horizon Middle School, Bismarck

OHIO

Hayden Toftner, 6th Grade, Olentangy Berkshire Middle School, Galena

OKLAHOMA

Ari Papahronis, 7th Grade, Sequoyah Middle School, Edmond

OREGON

Pragyna Naik, 6th Grade, Franklin K-8 School of Choice, Corvallis

PACIFIC TERRITORIES

Leonard Calvo, 7th Grade, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, Guam

PENNSYLVANIA

Arnav Jagasia, 8th Grade, Radnor Middle School, Wayne

RHODE ISLAND

Maxwell Levine, 6th Grade, Wheeler School, Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA

Krish Patel, 6th Grade, Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville

SOUTH DAKOTA

Adam Wiegert, 7th Grade, Patrick Henry Middle School, Sioux Falls

TENNESSEE

Alexander Wilaniskis, 7th Grade, East Ridge Middle School, Whitesburg

TEXAS

Rahul Nagveker, 8th Grade, Quail Valley Middle School, Missouri City

UTAH

Anthony Cheng, 8th Grade, Midvale Middle School, Midvale

VERMONT

Christopher Gish, 8th Grade, Sharon Academy, Sharon

VIRGINIA

Kevin Zhan, 8th Grade, George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico

WASHINGTON

Nicholas Helmer, 8th Grade, Discovery Middle School, Vancouver

WEST VIRGINIA

Andrew Christy, 6th Grade, St. Francis Central Catholic School, Morgantown

WISCONSIN

Vansh Jain, 8th Grade, MHLT Elementary School, Minocqua

WYOMING

August Prevedel, 8th Grade, Rock Springs Junior High School, Rock Springs

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