10 Students Qualify for 2018 National Geographic Bee Championship Round, May 23


The preliminary round of the 30th annual National Geographic Bee was held today, Monday, May 21. The top 10 finishers — from the field of 54 state-level champions 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 Wednesday, May 23. First prize is a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The final of competition can be viewed starting on May 24 at NatGeoBee.org or on the National Geographic Education YouTube channel.


The 10 finalists are:

  • Sean Cheng, New Hampshire
  • Gayatri Kaimal, Arizona
  • Venkat Ranjan, California
  • Atreya Mallanna, Massachusetts
  • Anoushka Buddhikot, New Jersey
  • Jonathan Song, North Carolina
  • Saket Pochiraju, Ohio
  • Vishal Sareddy, Georgia
  • Ashwin Sivakumar, Oregon
  • Nihar Janga, Texas

*Questions and answers from the preliminary rounds of the competition are available upon request.


Wednesday, May 23

Doors open to the media: 8:30 a.m. ET

Doors close: 9:30 a.m. ET

Competition: 10 a.m. to ~11:30 a.m. ET

National Geographic Society

Grosvenor Auditorium

1600 M Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.

*Contestants as well as National Geographic spokespersons will be available for interviews directly after the competition.

ONLINE PRESS ROOM: bit.ly/NatGeoBeePress

Photos from the competition are available via Dropbox (required caption and credit info enclosed).


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