WASHINGTON — Ten
young geography experts will field questions about history, cultures,
landmarks and climates from "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek as
they vie for the title of National Geographic Bee champion.
The finals of the
geography bee will be contested Wednesday morning in Washington and
broadcast Thursday evening on the National Geographic Channel.
The finalists will
compete for a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos
Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
The field was narrowed from 54 state-level winners in Monday's
The finalists include
one repeat participant — 14-year-old Neelam Sandhu of Bedford, N.H.
Asha Jain of Minocqua, Wis., the younger sister of last year's
runner-up, also made the finals. Other states represented will be
California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Oregon, and Virginia.