Westlake 8th Grader is Geographic Bee Champ

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Lee Burneson Middle School eighth grader Kyle Yu, 13, defended his title at the

state Geographic Bee on April 4 and will now represent Ohio again at the

National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth through eighth graders for the state title,

which he also claimed in 2013. The national finals will be held May 19-21 and the

winner will be crowned the 26th National Geographic Bee champion.

Kyle said he studies atlases, likes geography and is ready for this year’s

competition. Last year he made it to the tiebreaker round at the national level.

He won the state Bee by identifying the Kara Sea as separating the Novaya

Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and the Taymyr Peninsula.

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 DVC, and a trip to

Washington, D.C., to represent Ohio in the national finalist at the National

Geographic Society headquarters. The first place national winner receives a

$50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National

Geographic society, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos


Preliminary rounds of the national contest will take place May 19. The

championship round featuring the top 10 finalists – moderated by award-wining

journalist Soledad O’Brien – will be held May 21. The National Geographic

Channel and Nat Geo Wild will air the final round of the 2013 National

Geographic Bee at 7 p.m. on May 22.

For more information on the National Geographic Bee visit



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