Serena Yeddu wins school competition of National Geographic Bee

Two teenage boys and a teenage girl smile at the camera.
The National Geographic Bee winners. From left, Christopher Whitney, third place; Bryan Ewing, second place; and first place winner, Serena Yeddu.

Serena Yeddu, an eighth grade student at the C. J. Hooker Middle School, took first place in the school’s competition of the 2019 National Geographic Bee. Her classmate, Bryan Ewing, placed second, while Christopher Whitney placed third and Eesha Ramanathan and Evan Pavlik tied for fourth place.

The school-level bee was the first round in the 31st annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Thousands of schools in the United States are participating in the 2019 bee. School champions, including Serena, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will then be eligible to compete in the state bee.

State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national championship in May and compete for cash prizes, scholarships 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:

  • Ryan Andryuk, grade 7
  • Mia Colangelo, grade 8
  • Aidan Diglio, grade 7
  • Bryan Ewing, grade 7*
  • Kiran Foster, grade 6*
  • Francis Gachunga, grade 8
  • Kia Ghezel-Ayagh, grade 7
  • Axel Jackson, grade 7*
  • Lea Hludzinski, grade 8*
  • Ana Loter, grade 8
  • Liam Lynch, grade 7
  • Matthew Maccagnan, grade 8 *
  • Hailey Meyers, grade 8
  • Jack Moran, grade 8
  • Misha Patel, grade 8
  • Evan Pavlik, grade 8*
  • Julisa Posada, grade 8
  • Bradyn Primus, grade 8
  • Eesha Ramanathan, grade 8*
  • Quentin Riley, grade 8
  • Hunter Roberts, grade 7*
  • Matthew Schroeter, grade 6
  • Benjamin Thurtle, grade 8
  • Luke Webster, grade 7
  • Christopher Whitney, grade 8 *
  • Serena Yeddu, grade 8*
  • Luka Zacharkevics, grade 7

*indicates top 10.

Teenagers stand on stage.
The top 10 contestants of the National Geographic Bee at C. J. Hooker Middle School.