Arjun Kumar returns from National Geographic Bee experience

May 31, 2011

By Staff

Arjun Kumar, 13, recently competed in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. The Beaver Lake Middle School seventh-grader was ultimately eliminated during the preliminary round May 24.

The top 10 finalists competed for a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands in the finals May 25 at the National Geographic Society.

During the preliminary round of questions, Arjun missed one question: In which country is the Airedale Valley and the Aire River located? The correct answer is the United Kingdom. The mistake sent him to the tie-breaker, where he was eventually eliminated with the question: Amman and Cochin-China are the former names of which country? The answer is Vietnam.

“Still, it has been a tremendous experience for him to come out here and compete at the national level,” his father Arun Kumar said. “He did far better than he had anticipated, and is keen to return next year.”

He also noted the obscurity of the questions his son had to answer.

“Ironically, the only ones I could answer were the two that Arjun got wrong,” Arun Kumar said.

Arjun Kumar qualified for the national contest after winning the Washington State Geographic Bee in April.

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