Nikhil A. Krishna, an eighth-grader from Corbin Middle School, took top honors at the 2014 Kentucky Geographic Bee on Friday (April 4) at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.
Second place went to Andruw T. Stewart of Farnsley Middle School in Louisville. Third place went to Zsombor T. Gal of Winburn Middle School in Lexington. Eighty-two champions from around the state competed.
The state winner received $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Kentucky in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-21. The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state sponsors are Google and Plum Creek.
Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools participated in state-level Bees.
First prize in the national competition is a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, at 6 p.m. CT May 22. It will be aired later on public television stations.
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