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Nine Capture State Geography Bee Championships
By RICHARD SPRINGER April 10, 2009 06:57:00 PM

Nine Indian American elementary students shined at state-level Geography Bees in the National Geographic’s “Collegiate Atlas of the World” contest April 3.

Last year there were just four Indian American state winners, including then-sixth grader Shiva Kangeyan of Archimedean Middle Conservatory in Miami, Florida, who repeated as a Florida champion as a seventh grader this year.

The other state winners in 2009 are:

Delaware: Varun Wadhwa, 6th grade, The Independence School, Newark;

Georgia: Pranav Bhandarkar, 7th grade, Malcom Bridge Middle School, Bogart;

Idaho: Karthik Mouli, 5th grade, Hillside Junior High School, Boise;

Illinois: Siva Gangavarapu, 7th grade, Thayer J. Hill Middle School, Naperville;

Massachusetts: Zaroug Jaleel, 8th grade, Jonas Clarke Middle School, Lexington;

Oregon: Arjun Kandaswamy, 8th grade, Meadow Park Middle School, Beaverton;

Virginia: Sidharth Verma, 7th grade, Rachel Carson Middle School, Herndon;

Wisconsin: Vansh S. Jain, 5th grade, Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary, Minocqua.

Winners received $100 awards, but more importantly they won all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national finals May 19-20 for the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Second and third place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships. Additionally, the national winner will travel (along with one parent or guardian) on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Galápagos Islands with “Jeopardy!” quiz show host and National Geographic Bee moderator Alex Trebek and the “Jeopardy!” crew.

The competition will air live May 20 on the National Geographic Channel and be broadcast later on public television stations.

Up to 100 students in each of 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and U.S. Department of Defense dependents’ schools qualified for state bees.

The first level began last November with contests in more than 13,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated. This year’s Geography Bee state sponsors were Google and private landowner Plum Creek.
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