Sartell student is geo whiz

Friday, April 9, 2010


Over one-hundred young Minnesota geography whizzes gathered today at St. Cloud State University to participate in the state-level National Geographic Bee. Participants vied for the right to compete in the 2010 national competition in Washington, D.C.

Gopi Ramanathan, a sixth-grader from Sartell Middle School, is this year’s winner. Ramanathan will represent Minnesota at the national finals in Washington, D.C.

The second place winner was William Bogenschultz, a sixth-grader from L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School in St. Paul. Noah Hubbard, an eighth-grader from North Branch Middle School, took third.

For finishing first, Ramanathan received $100, the "National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World," and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals May 25-26 and the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.

The Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. The Society developed the Bee in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The championship round of the National Geographic Bee will be held at National Geographic's Washington, D.C., headquarters on Wednesday, May 26, and will air that day nationally on the National Geographic Channel and will later air on public television stations.

Rounding out the top twelve finishers, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Andrew Allsworth – Martin County West Junior High – 8th grade
  • Matthew Bittmann – Woodland Elementary – 6th grade
  • Iver Cleveland – Valley Middle – 8th grade
  • William Decourt – Ramsey Jr. High – 8th grade
  • Cody Goodchild – St. Michael-Albertville Middle – 8th grade
  • Niles Hagen – Osakis – 7th grade
  • Isaac Heins – Kason-Mantorville Middle – 8th grade
  • Corey Nack – Immanuel Lutheran – 7th grade
  • Anthony Wang – Richfield Middle – 8th grade

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