Eighteen of the students taking part in this year’s National Geographic Bee are repeat state winners, and one of them is from the Region. 14-year-old Sean Ives, an eighth-grader at Trinity Lutheran School in Crown Point who competed in last year's event, will represent the state of Indiana again as he takes his place among 54 young geography whiz kids gathering in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 for the 26th annual event. The finalists, winners of state-level geographic bees, beat nearly four-million fourth-through eighth-graders to earn a place in the national contest, and they represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, AtlanticTerritories, PacificTerritories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
According to the National Geographic Bee Yearbook, Ives became interested in geography when he received a globe in first grade.
Both this year’s and next year’s top 10 national finalists will be eligible for selection to the three-person team that will represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2015.
The 2013 National Geographic Bee champion was Sathwik Karnik of Massachusetts, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk, southwest of Boston. He correctly answered the winning question: “Because Earth bulges at the Equator, the point that is farthest from Earth’s center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak.” Answer: Chimborazo.