Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth through eighth graders for the state title. The national finals will be held May 20-22 and the winner will be crowned the 25th National Geographic Bee champion.
This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee. Geographic Bees were held in schools throughout the country. School-level winners took a qualifying test and the top 100 scores were named semifinalists and eligible to compete at the state Bee.
As the state winner, Kyle received $100, the “Complete National Geographic” on DVD, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Ohio in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters. The first place national winner receives a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild will air the final round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, on May 23.
The top 10 national finalists for 2013, along with last year’s top 10, will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championships in July in St. Petersburg, Russia.
For more information on the national Geographic Bee visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.