Hunter Midcap Of Wheeling Named West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 27 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





State Competition Held at Concord University


ATHENS, W.Va. – Hunter Midcap, a 6th grader from St. Michael Parish School in Wheeling, is the first place winner in the 2015 West Virginia Geographic Bee. The event was held today (Friday, March 27) at Concord University.

This is the second year Midcap has placed in the top three of the state bee. Last year he won third place.

Midcap will represent West Virginia in the 27th annual national competition in Washington, D.C. May 11-13, 2015. The winner of that contest will be the National Geographic Bee Champion.

A field of approximately 70 4th through 8th graders from across the Mountain State competed in the 2015 West Virginia Geographic Bee. Second place winner is Ipsita Tingi, an 8th grader representing Suncrest Middle School in Morgantown. Third place went to Jared Bishop, an 8th grader from Glenwood School in Princeton.



Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel

Hunter Midcap is the 2015 West Virginia Geographic Bee champion.


While youngsters were competing at Concord, other students participated in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories the same day.

Each state winner will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals in May and the chance to be crowned the 27th National Geographic Bee champion.



Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel

From left: Jared Bishop, third place; Ipsita Tingi, second place; Hunter Midcap, first place


First prize in the national competition is a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

Additionally, the national winner will travel, all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Travel for the Galápagos voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Organized by the National Geographic Society, this year’s National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google. The state bees are also sponsored by Plum Creek.

Go to to learn more about the West Virginia State Bee.

Visit for additional information on the National Geographic Bee.


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