Pranav Kanmadikar, a sixth-grader from Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, won the 2015 Kentucky state championship in the annual National Geographic Bee on March 27 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.
Kanmadikar competed in the final round with nine other competitors from across the state. Kanmadikar received $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Kentucky May 11-13 in the national championship of the 27th annual National Geographic Bee.
David Holtzclaw from Conner Middle School in Hebron placed second; Cameron Spicer from Campbell Junior High in Winchester placed third. One hundred of Kentucky’s most geographically aware fourth- through eighth-graders competed for the state championship at WKU’s South Campus.
Sponsored by National Geographic, Google and Plum Creek, the annual competition culminates with the national championship in Washington, D.C., each May, after the state-level championships.
Students were tested on a range of geographic subjects, from capitals to culture, and landforms to the environment. The National Geographic Bee website provides details of the annual competition, along with a daily quiz with questions similar to the ones asked in the completion. Teachers who would like to become involved next year, can follow the website above, the Kentucky State Bee website and join the Kentucky Geographic Alliance.
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