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:

ALABAMA

Kapil Nathan, 5th Grade, Mount Laurel Elementary School, Birmingham.

CALIFORNIA

Madhavan Krishnan, 6th Grade, Sam H. Lawson Middle School, Cupertino.

DELAWARE

Rohan Kanchana, 6th Grade, Newark Charter School, Newark.

FLORIDA

Rishi Nair, 5th Grade, Lincoln Magnet School, Plant City.

GEORGIA

Vibhav Kanyadan, 7th Grade, Walker School, Marietta.

KANSAS

Chinmay Patil, 7th Grade, California Trail Middle School, Olathe.

KENTUCKY

Pranav Kanmadikar, 6th Grade, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville.

LOUISIANA

Ajaya Tummala, 8th Grade, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Shreveport.

MARYLAND

Abhinav Karthikeyan, 6th Grade, Roberto W. Clemente Middle School, Germantown.

MICHIGAN

Shriya Yarlagadda, 6th Grade, Grand Blanc East Middle School, Grand Blanc.

MINNESOTA

Shreyas Varathan, 8th Grade, Shakopee Area Catholic School, Shakopee.

MISSOURI

Nikhil Krishnan, 7th Grade, Rockwood South Middle School, Fenton.

NEW JERSEY

Karan Menon, 8th Grade, John Adams Middle School, Edison.

NEW MEXICO

Lakshay Sood, 4th Grade, Manzano Day School, Albuquerque. 

NEW YORK

Arnav Patra, 7th Grade, Heim Middle School, Williamsville.

OHIO

Suyash Dixit, 8th Grade, Shanahan Middle School, Lewis Center.

OREGON

Ashwin Sivakumar, 5th Grade, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland.

PENNSYLVANIA

Tejas Badgujar, 8th Grade, Hampton Middle School, Allison Park.

UTAH

Gauri Garg, 8th Grade, Bear River Charter School, Logan.

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