Photograph by Rebecca Hale
The preliminary round of the 24th annual National Geographic Bee was held Tuesday, May 22. The top 10 finishers—from the field of 54 state-level winners who took part in the prelims—will compete in the final round to be held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 24. First prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second- and third-place winners receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships respectively. This round of the competition will be simulcast in prime time on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 10 finalists are:
- Raghav Ranga, Arizona
- Varun Mahadevan, California
- Anthony Stoner, Louisiana
- Adam Rusak, Maryland
- Karthik Karnik, Massachusetts
- Gopi Ramanathan, Minnesota
- Neelam Sandhu, New Hampshire
- Rahul Nagvekar, Texas
- Anthony Cheng, Utah
- Vansh Jain, Wisconsin
Test Your Geography IQ
Can you answer these video questions from the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship? Questions from Pharrell Williams, Wynton Marsalis, and National Geographic Explorer Fredrik Hiebert will test your knowledge of the world.
How to Help
Donations help fund schools to participate in the National Geographic Bee.
Teachers can use these activities in the classroom to prepare students for the bee!
Simply memorizing terms and place locations can be tedious and even boring. One solution is to make the task fun with an atlas-based scavenger game.
The movement of people, goods, or ideas from one place to another is a process known as diffusion, which plays an important role in shaping the characteristics of where we live.
Springtime brings the possibility of extreme weather, including violent thunderstorms and tornadoes.