Siddharth Kurella, an 8th grader at in Monmouth Junction, won the NJ National Geographic Bee held at Rowan University Friday. He will now go on to the National Competition in Washington D.C. May 22-24, where he has a chance to win the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands.
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In second place was Kevin Pang, Stewartsville Middle School, Stewartsville, and third place Tarun Maddali, Newark Academy, Livingston. Both are 8th graders.
The day began with 100 semi-finalists culled from school geography bees from all over the state, who qualified for the state bee after they earned high scores on a written exam. This year, there was 90 boys and 10 girls.
South Brunswick had two other students compete in the Geo Bee, Rithvik Chekuri, a 5th grader from Cambridge Elementary School and Girish Sankrithi, a 4th grader from Brunswick Acres Elementary School.
After the first eight rounds and a tie-breaker competition, the ten finalists included Brian Slobotsky of Cliffwood, representing Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School and Tarung S. Bhimnathwala of Marlboro, representing Marlboro Middle School.
The 2012 National Geographic Bee is open to students in grades 4-8 who register in October. It is sponsored by Google Inc and Plum Creek.