11-year-old 7th grader Siva Gangavarapu Naperville was one of 10 finalists in the National Geographic Bee 2009. Siva Gangavarapu of Naperville competed in the contest, which was hosted by Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" fame.
Up to 100 students in each of 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and U.S. Department of Defense dependents’ schools qualified for state bees. The first level began last November with contests in more than 13,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated. This year’s Geography Bee state sponsors were Google and private landowner Plum Creek.
Yeshwanth Kandimalla (Georgia) was the 3rd place winner of National Geographic Bee 2006.