UPDATED: NC Teen Finishes National Geography Bee In Third Place

The results are in, and a North Carolina teen finished third Wednesday in the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

Shantan Krovvidi is 13 and from Raleigh.

First place went to a student from Texas, while a teenager from Oregon took second.

The winning question was: "Timis County shares its name with a tributary of the Danube and is located in the western part of which European country?"

The answer? Romania.



Tuesday was the preliminary round of the 21st annual National Geographic Bee held in Washington D.C.

A Raleigh teen is among the ten finalists. The ten advanced out of a field of 55 state-level competitors.

The first round of the bee will be held Wednesday.

First prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands with Bee moderator and “Jeopardy!” quiz show host Alex Trebek.

National Geographic puts on the bee to encourage the teaching and study of geography.

Shantan Krovvidi is the North Carolina teen. He is 13 and attends Ligon Middle School in Raleigh. He hopes to be a doctor, working for "Doctors Without Borders."

We'll keep you posted on his progress in the bee!


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  • by chandrasekhar Location: ramagundam on May 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    we in India are all proud of your achievement.keep going and reach your aim i.e.doctors without borders-a great concept.wish u all the good luck.
  • by CC Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Why is his race even an issue. He's an American! He is a kid from Raleigh, I hate how people always bring up, "what do those parents do differently for their children that we American parents don't do?--from Jamesville, just because he isn't white doesn't mean he is not "American"! Grow up people, go back to college if you're too old and it is 2009!! I am in my 20's and we young folks look as everyone in America as American!!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 20, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    Sam is right. Most Asians are very diligent when it comes to their education. It's not that they're smarter; they just devote more time to studying the information.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 20, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    To Kevin, I will agree with you about the amount of money scholarship. To Bud and Barbara, I would say that American parents are pushing kids not as hard to a quality education as Korean parents because American parents have other things or extracurricular activities to focus on in addition to just education. That can include Church, Sports, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H club, hobbies that they like to enjoy outdoors, and focusing on family time with extended family as well. Notice the Korean parents and their kids are in a whole different country than the rest of the family. They only come here for one reason. That reason is education. I just don't know if they would be able to fit in to some of these other activities. It would be good if they can, but you have too many kids that will act in any unfair manner to them when it comes to other things. Also, I bet these are the types of kids who probably never ever get involved with drugs.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 20, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    I agree with Barbara...these kids are always Arabic or Asian, and good for them. They won't allow themselves to be "dumbed down" by the easier school curriculum we have today just so "no child is left behind..."
  • by Barbara Location: Jamesville on May 20, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    I notice that winners of spelling bees, geography bees, etc. are always children of families that have not lived in this country for many generations. What do those parents do differently for their children that we American parents don't do? I know that some Korean parents in our county do homework at night along with their children. But in some schools homework is not allowed because they say it gives unfair advantage to some students. (Isn't that ridiculous?) This young man is an inspiration to all!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 19, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    GOOD LUCK, Shantan
  • by Svetak Location: Cary on May 19, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    good luck Shantan!
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on May 19, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    Good Luck young man!!! I think Jeopardy should at least double the scholarship. Come on $25K gets what one semester now, wait till he is old enough to go to college how much it will cost.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    This is great. I wish him all luck in the world :-)
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