2019 National Geographic GeoBee State Champions and GeoChallenge Regional Winners Announced: Winners advance to national competitions on May 19-22 at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Laura McHugh
Marketing & Engagement Manager, Education
202 807 3317

The results are in for the second level of two of National Geographic’s student competitions: the GeoBee State Competition and the GeoChallenge regional competition that took place nationwide on Friday, March 29.

More than 4,600 students competed across the United States and territories in National Geographic GeoBee State Competitions. Each GeoBee State Champion received a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, plus a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship. Students that came in second and third place received cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

For the first time this year, 180 student teams participated in 16 regional National Geographic GeoChallenge competitions. The team that placed first at each project-based GeoChallenge regional competition received a $1,000 cash prize and support for the team members and coach to travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C. The second- and third-place teams received $300 and $100, respectively, offered to the team’s school/organization or as a donation to a charitable organization related to their GeoChallenge project submission.

The following students will advance to the national competitions of the GeoBee and GeoChallenge, to be held May 19-22, 2019, at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Fourteen students are returning to the GeoBee Championship from previous years.

2019 National Geographic GeoBee State Champions:

ALABAMA- Krish Nathan, 4th grade, Deer Valley Elementary School, Hoover

ALASKA- Alana Belle Tirado, 8th grade, Romig Middle School, Anchorage

ARIZONA- Christian Aquino, 8th grade, White Cliffs Middle School, Kingman

ARKANSAS- Ahil Eraniyan, 8th grade, Haas Hall Academy-Bentonville, Bentonville

CALIFORNIA- Jishnu Nayak, 6th grade, Peter Hansen Elementary School, Mountain House

COLORADO- Garrett Fleischmann, 8th grade, Stargate Middle School, Thornton

CONNECTICUT- Lukas Koutsoukos, 8th grade, Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton

DELAWARE- Justin Didden, 7th grade, Central Middle School, Dover

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Arjun Patel, 5th grade, St. Albans School, McLean

FLORIDA- Kaylan Patel, 7th grade, Windermere Preparatory School, Windermere

GEORGIA- Anish Raja, 4th grade, Brookwood Elementary School, Cumming

HAWAII- William Chen, 7th grade, Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua

IDAHO- Noah Lockey, 5th grade, Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian

ILLINOIS- Omkar Gadewar, 7th grade, Madison Junior High School, Naperville

INDIANA- Karthik Varigonda, 7th grade, Central Middle School, Columbus

IOWA- Simon Kutz, 7th grade, Decorah Middle School, Decorah

KANSAS- Wyatt Boyd, 8th grade, Hocker Grove Middle School, Shawnee

KENTUCKY- Taylor Grant Smith, 8th grade, Breckinridge County Middle School, Irvington

LOUISIANA- Andrew Minagar, 8th grade, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Shreveport

MAINE- Jacob LeBrun, 7th grade, Massebesic Middle School, Alfred

MARYLAND- Rishi Kumar, 8th grade, Ellicott Mills Middle School, Ellicott City

MASSACHUSETTS- Atreya Mallanna, 6th grade, William Diamond Middle School, Lexington

MICHIGAN- Aarush Tutiki, 5th grade, Wass Elementary School, Troy

MINNESOTA- Adhithyra Anandaraj, 8th grade, Roosevelt Middle School, Blaine

MISSISSIPPI- Sam Connelly, 8th grade, Greater Jackson Area Homeschool Educators, Clinton

MISSOURI- Aristuto Paul, 7th grade, Parkway West Middle School, Maryland Heights

MONTANA- Gabriel Hendrix, 7th grade, Target Range School, Missoula

NEBRASKA- Advait Singh, 6th grade, Scott Middle School, Lincoln

NEVADA- Jack Stark, 5th grade, Challenger School-Lone Mountain, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE- Luke Szczepiorkowski, 8th, Frances C Richmond Middle School, Hanover

NEW JERSEY- Matthew McDonald, 8th grade, Liberty Middle School, West Orange

NEW MEXICO- Lakshay Avi Sood, 8th grade, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque

NEW YORK- Dylan Rem, 8th grade, Horace Mann Middle Division, New York City

NORTH CAROLINA- Vaibhav Hariram, 6th grade, Mills Park Middle School, Apex

NORTH DAKOTA- Griffin Terras, 7th grade, Discovery Middle School, Fargo

OHIO- Satvik Pochiraju, 5th grade, Olentangy Meadows Elem School, Lewis Center

OKLAHOMA- Michael Tipton, 8th grade, Summit Middle School, Oklahoma City

OREGON- Leo Lemann, 7th grade, Wildwood Academy, The Dalles

PENNSYLVANIA- Ben Fischer, 8th grade, Gettysburg Area Middle School, Gettysburg

RHODE ISLAND- Eli Terrell, 8th grade, Barrington Middle School, Barrington

SOUTH CAROLINA- Daniel Nirenblatt, 8th grade, Porter-Gaud School, Mt. Pleasant

SOUTH DAKOTA- Sean Hodges, 7th grade, Edison Middle School, Sioux Falls

TENNESSEE- Aditya Narayanan, 7th grade, Riverdale Elementary & Middle School, Germantown

TEXAS- Nihar Janga, 8th grade, Canyon Ridge Middle School, Austin

UTAH- Matthew Christensen, 6th grade, Wasatch Home Educators Network, South Jordan

VERMONT- Vegarandhura (Vega) Tariyal, 6th grade, Charlotte Central School, Charlotte

VIRGINIA- Anish Susarla, 8th grade, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Leesburg

WASHINGTON- Warren Huang, 7th grade, Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquah

WEST VIRGINIA- Joss Poteet, 8th grade, Wildwood Middle School, Ranson

WISCONSIN- Adhav Ravikumar, 7th grade, Forest Park Middle School, Franklin

WYOMING- Dillion Davis, 8th grade, Lincoln Middle School, Green River

ATLANTIC TERRITORIES- Diego Vázquez, 7th grade, Academia del Perpetuo Socorro, San Juan, PR

PACIFIC TERRITORIES- Napu Blas, 8th grade, Sifa Learning Academy Charter School, Barrigada, GU

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS- Eddy Melendez, 8th grade, Lester Middle School, FPO, GU

Visit NatGeoBee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

2019 National Geographic GeoChallenge Regional Champions:

ARIZONA REGIONAL – The GeosScientists team from Gateway Pointe Elementary School Gilbert, AZ. Team members: Anabelle Reynoso, Amelia Ray, Ceceila Udall, Mykay Hanncock and Hailey Tomlinson. Coach: JasLynn Adkins

CALIFORNIA REGIONAL – Team Marine, San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA. Team members: Alexandra Collier Lake, Gavin Kennedy, Kayla Saxon and Hannah Zemke. Coach: Annemarie Robinson

COLORADO REGIONAL – Team Plastic Tacklers from Bradford K-8 School in Littleton, CO. Team members: Emelie Rosenberg, Reese Tucker, Rileigh Rose McMahon and Audrey Greene. Coach: Sean Stevinson

FLORIDA REGIONAL – Team Kids Against Pollution from Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, GA. Team members: Ozburn McMurry, Zurie Cadet, Catherine Mudge, Isaac Sanders, Victoria Merck and Aubree Lyles. Coaches: Reda Adams and Suzanne Cardin

IDAHO REGIONAL – Team Stickers from Madison Junior High in Rexburg, ID. Team members: Reed Hansen, Hyrum Allen, Andrew Walsh and Cache Fuller. Coach: Neva Telford

ILLINOIS REGIONAL – The Pioneers Team from Epiphany Stars Homeschool in St. Louis, MO. Team members: Elise Zeigler, Titus Zeigler, Anna Irwin, Naomi Irwin, Abby Irwin and Dulce Brown. Coach: Jennifer Brown

IOWA REGIONAL – Team No SACS in the Ocean from Orange Elementary School in Waterloo, IA. Team members: Sam Brasch, Adrian Lucas, Claire Vandersee and Sebastian Dalbey. Coach: Stacey Snyder

KANSAS REGIONAL – Team Opportunity from Thunder Ridge Middle School in Agra, KS. Team members: Sydni Rust, Ava Wiehman, Ryan Epple, Zach Barnes and Alex Keshmiry. Coach: Shelby Dannenberg

MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL – Team Navigators from Flushing Christian School in Flushing, NY. Team members: Natanel Rozic, Alex Jun, Victor Jimenez, and Jeremiah Pierre. Coaches: Elise Rozic and Chantal Nelson

MINNESOTA REGIONAL – Team Plastic Police from Forest Lane Community School in Montello, WI. Team members: Mona Carlson, Robert Rygiewicz, Brooklyn O’Malley, Landon Larson, JD Gonzalez and Urijah Magnus. Coach: Nancy Esveld

MISSISSIPPI REGIONAL – Team Pollution Solutions from Kehoe-France School in Metairie, LA. Team members: Nick Rezza, Duc Hoang, Ginny Robinson and Rishab Prabhu. Coach: Alicia Ward

NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL – Team Plastic Peeps from Infant of Prague Catholic School in Jacksonville, NC. Team members: Ella Sheegog, Aaliyah Mitchell, Jacob Gunderson and James Keck. Coach: Mary Cipriani

OHIO REGIONAL – Team Plastic Piranhas from Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills, MI. Team members: Angelina Tringali, Avery Miller, Brooklyn Didion and Emmakate Zanoli. Coach: Pamela Clark

PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL – Team Nerd Herd from New Cumberland Middle School in New Cumberland, PA. Team members: Mia Brown, Ben Kruleski, Paige Byerly and Teagan Kollas. Coaches: David Schofield and Sandy Van Etten.

TEXAS REGIONAL – Team Bayou Protectors from St. Francis Episcopal School in Piney Point, TX. Team members: Abbie Wallace, Mackenzie Schmidt, Sammy Little, Emily Morris, Elliott Preston and Mykayla McMillian. Coaches: Jessica MacMurtrie and Carol Bedard

WASHINGTON REGIONAL – Team Vicious Nachos from Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School in Yamhill, OR. Team members: Kylie Warner, Ruth Rorabaugh, Madyson Bell, Delaney Kershaw, Carson Carden and Gus Amerson. Coach: Mike Beuhler

More information about the National Geographic GeoChallenge is available at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge.

Follow the national competitions at natgeoed.org/experiences.

Note to Editors: 2019 National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge press resources are available at bit.ly/NatGeoCompetitionPress.


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