Issaquah student is headed for National Geographic Bee
April 2, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. April 2, 2011
Arjun Kumar, a 13-year-old Issaquah student, knows the way to Washington, D.C. — and to a lot of other places, too, as a matter of fact.
Arjun is the state Geographic Bee champion and, next month, is due to travel to the other Washington to compete in the National Geographic Bee.
In the state competition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma on Friday, Arjun bested a 14-year-old Mount Vernon boy for the Evergreen State title. (Arjun also ranked placed among the top 10 challengers at the state level last year.)
The make-or-break question asked the finalists to identify the Asian country China surpassed last year to became the second-largest economy in the world. Arjun’s correct answer: Japan.
The national bee is scheduled for May 24-25 at the Smithsonian Institution. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek serves as the moderator for the competition.