Twenty-Three Students Named Semifinalists in 2019 Virginia GeoBee
Twenty-three students have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Virginia State Competition, scheduled to be held at Longwood University on March 29. Semifinalists include: Aidan Wright of Canterbury Woods Elementary; Allan Wang of Carson Middle; Orin Das of Colvin Run Elementary; Rajit Chegu of Forestville Elementary; Samik Bhinge of Frost Middle; Ian Buckler of Great Falls Elementary; Ayaan Ahmed of Greenbriar West Elementary; Deven Hagen of Haycock Elementary; Karthik Thyagarajan of Kilmer Middle; William Thomas of Lake Braddock Secondary; Nathaniel Kirk-Popham of Lanier Middle; Thomas Tillemann of Lemon Road Elementary; Krishnan Shankar of Longfellow Middle; Oliver Singhvi of Louise Archer Elementary; Caroline Clinton of Jackson Middle; Aryan Gadre of McNair Elementary; Filip Georgievski of Oak Hill Elementary; Thomas Glotfelty of Robinson Secondary; Griffin Lewandowski of Rocky Run Middle; Asher Vetter of Springfield Estates Elementary; Kenneth Yon of Thoreau Middle; Alexander Daniels of Irving Middle; and Jameson White of White Oaks Elementary. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees. More information on the National Geographic GeoBee is available online.