KALAMAZOO, MI -- Shriya Yarlagadda, a sixth-grader at Grand Blanc East Middle School, took first place at the 2015 Michigan Geographic Bee held Friday, March 27, at Western Michigan University.
The competition featured 101 geography students in the fourth through eighth grades from across the state.
Shriya will move on to the national competition May 11-13 at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Shriya also was awarded a $100 prize plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent Michigan at the finals; the second- and third-place winners were awarded $75 and $50, respectively.
This was the eighth time WMU played host to Michigan's Geographic Bee. Similar competitions took place on the same day in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools around the globe.