Loudoun County, Va. (March 31, 2015) – Sixteen Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students took part in the 2015 Virginia National Geographic State Bee on Friday, March 27, at Longwood University.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School geography bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Virginia to determine school champions. School champions then took a qualifying test that was 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, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.
The national competition of the Geo Bee will be held May 11-13 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. It will be televised at 8 p.m. May 15 on the National Geographic Channel and NG Wild.
Akhil Rekulapelli, then an eighth-grader at Stone Hill Middle School, won the 2014 National Geography Bee.
LCPS students competing in the 2015 state geography bee include:
- Omkar Bhalerao, Seneca Ridge Middle School
- Hameem Chowdhury, Farmwell Station Middle School
- Austin Copeland, Potowmack Elementary School
- Grace Curtin, J. Lupton Simpson Middle School
- Christopher Ganey, Trailside Middle School
- Sahishnu Hanumansetty, Discovery Elementary School
- Alexandra Holmes, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
- Evan Johnson, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School
- Aleesha Khurram, Newton-Lee Elementary School
- Brighton Lieu, Frederick Douglass Elementary School
- Jake Lovelace, Mercer Middle School
- Smaran Pasupulati, Cardinal Ridge Elementary School
- Arvind Ravipati, River Bend Middle School
- Travis Ross, Lowes Island Elementary School
- Arya Tadepalli, Blue Ridge Middle School
- Ethan Van Berkel, Harper Park Middle School