Congratulations to Alex Ilsecu, a fifth grade student at Spiritridge, and Shivani Pradhan, a fourth grade student at Medina, who were both competed at the National Geographic State Bee on April 1!

Pradhan competed through eight preliminary rounds, and Ilsecu advanced to the finals portion of the competition, finishing ninth overall in the state.

Ilsecu and Pradhan won their respective school competitions and passed the qualifying test to move on to the state competition. They will compete in the 2016 Washington State National Geographic State Bee on April 1, in Tacoma.

To qualify for the state bee students answered questions such as the following:

  • To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee and ski near Franconia Notch, you would travel to which state—New Hampshire or South Dakota?
  • Visitors to Biscayne National Park in Florida can go fishing and lobstering along the shore of which kind of habitat—mangrove or desert?

Visit the National Georgraphic Bee website to learn more:

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.