After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top 14 finalists in its Geographic Bee.
Seventh-grader Suhruth Sribhasyam emerged as the 2020 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against 13 other school finalists. The other finalists were Liliana Atkinson, Lauren Bickler, Tyler Canham, Thomas Fischer, Samuel Maurer, Jack Nagai, Zachary Neuman, Colin Quigley, Aniket Singh, William Tennyson, Logan Wambach, Margaret Watson and Mason Zellner. Quigley took second place.
All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest advanced Jan. 14 to the semi-final round and the 14 finalists then competed in the final championship round.
As the school champion, Sribhasyam will take an online test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 27 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.
The annual National Geographic GeoBee is a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.