Sorry Jeopardy fans. Alex Trebek will be preoccupied May 22 and Ashburn students have a shot at sharing the stage with the host of the iconic show.
Sixteen Loudoun County Public Schools students will vie April 5 in the Virginia Geography Bee at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, for a chance to participate in the national bee with Trebek. Loudoun’s 16 students represent half of the state qualifiers. The winner moves on to the May 20-22 National Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, in Washington, DC. The finals for the national bee will be held May 22 at the National Theater.
This year marks the bee’s 25th anniversary and will mark the last time Trebek will moderate the event.
Representing LCPS at the Virginia Geography Bee (Ashburn schools in bold):
- Anthony Baez, Buffalo Trail Elementary School
- Max Baskin, Horizon Elementary School
- Josiah Bonifant, Belmont Ridge Middle School
- Nicolas Camargo, Hutchison Farm Elementary
- Jacob Coleman, Blue Ridge Middle School
- Justin Dabre, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary
- Christopher Ganey, Cedar Lane Elementary School
- William Klemm, Leesburg Elementary
- Abhishek Mogili, Harmony Middle School
- Michael Nicholson, Sterling Middle School
- Arian Patel, Frederick Douglass Elementary
- Neal Pillai, River Bend Middle School
- Jeevna Prakash, Mercer Middle School
- Akhil Rekulapelli, Stone Hill Middle School
- Ethan Van Berkel, Cool Spring Elementary
- John Zent, J. Lupton Simpson Middle School