Eighteen Indian American youths from around the country were recently named winners of the 2015 National Geographic State Bees.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world.
As state winners, each youth will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their respective states in the national finals of the Bee at the National Geographic Society headquarters from May 12 to 14.
The winners, by state, are:
Kapil Nathan, 5th Grade, Mount Laurel Elementary School, Birmingham.
Madhavan Krishnan, 6th Grade, Sam H. Lawson Middle School, Cupertino.
Rohan Kanchana, 6th Grade, Newark Charter School, Newark.
Rishi Nair, 5th Grade, Lincoln Magnet School, Plant City.
Vibhav Kanyadan, 7th Grade, Walker School, Marietta.
Chinmay Patil, 7th Grade, California Trail Middle School, Olathe.
Pranav Kanmadikar, 6th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville.
Ajaya Tummala, 8th Grade, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Shreveport.
Abhinav Karthikeyan, 6th Grade, Roberto W. Clemente Middle School, Germantown.
Shriya Yarlagadda, 6th Grade, Grand Blanc East Middle School, Grand Blanc.
Shreyas Varathan, 8th Grade, Shakopee Area Catholic School, Shakopee.
Nikhil Krishnan, 7th Grade, Rockwood South Middle School, Fenton.
Karan Menon, 8th Grade, John Adams Middle School, Edison.
Lakshay Sood, 4th Grade, Manzano Day School, Albuquerque.
Arnav Patra, 7th Grade, Heim Middle School, Williamsville.
Suyash Dixit, 8th Grade, Shanahan Middle School, Lewis Center.
Ashwin Sivakumar, 5th Grade, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland.
Tejas Badgujar, 8th Grade, Hampton Middle School, Allison Park.
Gauri Garg, 8th Grade, Bear River Charter School, Logan.