Eesha Ramanathan wins school competition of National Geographic Bee

Eesha Ramanathan, Bridgette Bennis, Virginia Valens and Annie Shih smile with their arms around each other.
Geography Bee winner Eesha Ramanathan with top finishers Bridgette Bennis, Virginia Valens and Annie Shih.

Eesha Ramanathan, a sixth grade student at the C. J. Hooker Middle School, took first place in the school’s competition of the 2017 National Geographic Bee. Her classmates, Virginia Valens, Bridgette Bennis and Annie Shih, took second, third and fourth place, respectively.

The school bee was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools in the United States are participating in the 2017 bee. School champions will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on April 1.

State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national championship in May and a $50,000 college scholarship, provided by the National Geographic Society.

Other prizes include a lifetime membership in the Society, a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The following students participated in the National Geographic Bee:

  • Andrew Alspach
  • Jason Barnes
  • Bridgette Bennis
  • Madilyn Bunzey
  • Tallon Clark
  • Jackson Diglio
  • James Dimitrov
  • Emily Dong
  • Kapil Foster
  • Kaitlin Garon
  • Joe Kelly
  • Brianna Kimmel
  • Charissa Logan
  • Kevin Meltzer
  • Ben Pahucki
  • Ryan Primus
  • Eesha Ramanathan
  • Derrick Ramos
  • Kristin Seperac
  • Annie Shih
  • Benjamin Thurtle
  • Jannah Uppal
  • Virginia Valens
  • Jilian Welshoff
  • Sarah Williams
  • Hannah Yeddu
  • Serena Yeddu