Surya Perla Of Cross Lanes Named West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

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PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

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Surya Perla Of Cross Lanes

 Named West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion


State Competition Held at Concord University


ATHENS, W.Va. – Surya Perla of Cross Lanes, an eighth grader from Andrew Jackson Middle School, is the first place winner in the 2016 West Virginia Geographic Bee. The event was held today (Friday, April 1) at Concord University.

Perla will represent West Virginia in the 28th annual national competition in Washington, D.C. May 23-25, 2016. The winner of that contest will be the National Geographic Bee Champion.

A field of approximately 64 4th through 8th graders from across the Mountain State competed in the 2016 West Virginia Geographic Bee. Second place winner is Ethan Fisher of Harpers Ferry, a sixth grader representing Harpers Ferry Middle School. Third place went to Joshua Shupe of Charles Town, an eighth grader from Charles Town Middle School.

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 Bee champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent his or her state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic headquarters in May.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The 2016 National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. The West Virginia Geographic Alliance provides additional support for the state Bee.

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Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel

Surya Perla 2016 West Virginia Geographic Bee Champion


Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel

Left to right: Surya Perla, First Place; Ethan Fisher, Second Place; Joshua Shupe, Third Place




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