Riverwatch student is Geography Bee champ again!
Vishal Sareddy, an eighth grader at Riverwatch Middle School, Suwanee (Forsyth County), Georgia, successfully defended his title of Georgia State Geography Champion. On April 6 he won the 2018 Georgia National Geographic State Bee held at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville for the second year in a row, in his last year of eligibility for the title. Sareddy beat 100 other fourth through eighth graders in Georgia to become state champion.
As state champion, Sareddy won a $200 cash prize, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World - 2nd Edition, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Georgia in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee Championships. More than 4,600 students had competed in state competitions as well as in Washington, D.C., Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
In the national competition he will face the 53 other state winners, including more than a dozen Indian American competitors. Eight of the 54 competitors have competed in the nationals in past years, including Sareddy and four other Indian-Americans. Sareddy has placed highly in the state competition before, and last year was ranked in the top 20 nationally.
Finalists at nationals will have a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship; a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, which includes a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine; and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Second- and third-place finishers in the national competition will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.
Preliminary rounds will take place on May 20 and 21, and the final rounds featuring the top 10 contestants will be held on May 23 at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and will be moderated by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca.
[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for May 2018, not in the print/digital issues.]
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