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Jerome Perera wins National Geographic State Bee – Georgia

May 2016
Jerome Perera wins National Geographic State Bee – Georgia

April 1st was no All Fools’ Day for Jerome Perera, a 7th grader at Taylor Road Middle School in Johns Creek. He won the 2016 Georgia National Geographic State Bee at the Georgia College of Arts & Sciences, Milledgeville. Eight of the top 10 participants who made it to the final contest on the stage were Indian-Americans. After nine rounds of questions, Jerome was asked to name the African capital city closest to Sicily. His winning answer: Tunis.

He won $100, a National Geographic book titled The National Parks: An Illustrated History, a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Georgia in the National Geographic Bee in May. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip (with a parent/guardian) to southeastern Alaska on the National Geographic ship, Sea Lion.


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Each year thousands of schools and millions of students in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

The top 100 students go to the state bee, and the champion from each state is qualified to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. on May 22-25, 2016. National Geographic Channel will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 27. It will be aired later on public television stations. Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day.

Video Quiz:
Can you answer these video questions from the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship? Questions from Pharrell Williams, Wynton Marsalis, and National Geographic Explorer Fredrik Hiebert will test your knowledge of the world.

Of the 104 schools that sent their winners to the Georgia state competition, the following 28 were apparently of South Asian heritage:
Alton C Crews Middle School Lawrenceville: Abbas Shah 8th
Augusta Preparatory Day School Martinez: Ekow Aidoo 7th
Brookstone School Columbus: Manav Shah 8th
Burnette Elementary School Suwanee: Abhiram Kapaganty 4th
Chamblee Middle School Chamblee: Nevin Aresh 8th
Creekland Middle School Lawrenceville: Chirayu Salgarkar 8th
Dodgen Middle School Marietta: Vishaal Ganesh 7th
E T Booth Middle School Woodstock: Dilan Mehta 8th
Fulton Science Academy Private School Alpharetta: Arul Selvakumar 7th
Godley Station School Pooler: Udai Teja Mallepoola 8th
Hightower Trail Middle School Marietta: Shray Dewan 8th
Hilsman Middle School Athens: Saketh Chaluvadi 7th
Hopewell Middle School Milton: Sujay Rao 7th
J P McConnell Middle School Loganville: Leotrim Gashi 7th
McCleskey Middle School Marietta: Ashrit Jada 8th
Medlock Bridge Elem School Johns Creek: Kaivalya Somayajula 5th
North Gwinnett Middle School Buford: Maya Chande 8th
Northwestern Middle School Milton: Shreya Ramesh 8th
Northwoods Montessori School Doraville: Amit Kamma 6th
Piney Grove Middle School Cumming: Shourya Arashanapalli 8th
Richard Hull Middle School Duluth: Omkar Joshi 7th
River Trail Middle School Johns Creek: Srikar Muppidi 7th
Riverwatch Middle School Suwanee: Radu Casapu 7th
South Forsyth Middle School Cumming: Aadi Karthik 6th
Taylor Road Middle School Johns Creek: Jerome Perera 7th
Walker School Marietta: Vibhav Kanyadan 8th
Westminster School Atlanta: Aydin Bandukwala 7th
Woodward Academy-North Duluth: Vishal Sareddy 6th

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