Jackson Diglio wins school competition of National Geographic Bee

Four boys stand shoulder to shoulder. First boy is wearing a medal around his neck.
The top four contestants in this year’s school competition of the National Geographic Bee. From left, Jackson Diglio, first place; Kapil Foster, second place; Christopher Whitney, third place; and Benjamin Thurtle, fourth place.

Jackson Diglio, an eighth grade student at the C. J. Hooker Middle School, took first place in the school’s competition of the 2018 National Geographic Bee. His classmates, Kapil Foster, Christopher Whitney and Benjamin Thurtle, took second, third and fourth place, respectively.

It was a close contest, with Kapil and Jackson making it to the final round and both answering each of their questions correctly. It took several more rounds of questions before Jackson was declared winner.

The school bee was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools in the United States are participating in the 2018 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 6.

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 an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.

The following students participated in the National Geographic Bee:

Bridgette Bennis
Michael Bonito
Jackson Diglio*
Aidan Diglio
James Dimitrov
Bryan Ewing
Kapil Foster*
Aaron Gay*
Ryan Gottlieb
Nahal Jangda
Brianna Kimmel*
Liam Lynch
Matthew Maccagnan*
Landry Masters
Evan Pavlik*
Bradyn Primus
Eesha Ramanathan*
Quentin Riley
Benjamin Thurtle*
Virginia Valens
Christopher Whitney*
Serena Yeddu*

*Indicates top ten finalists.

Ten students sit on chairs on stage.
The top ten finalists. From left, Jackson Diglio, Kapil Foster, Aaron Gay, Brianna Kimmel, Matthew Maccagnan, Evan Pavlik, Eesha Ramanathan, Benjamin Thurtle, Christopher Whitney, and Serena Yeddu.
Group of students standing on stage, smiling.
The contestants of this year’s National Geographic Bee at C. J. Hooker Middle School.