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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 05/26/2010

Va. boy in National Geographic Bee

By Washington Post editors

Ten boys, including one from Virginia, are facing off in a battle of world knowledge in the championship round of the National Geographic Bee scheduled to start Wednesday morning in D.C.

The finalists beat out nearly five million students who took part in state and local competitions to make it to Washington for the bee hosted by Alex Trebek. The competition starts at 10 a.m.

Students from Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin made it to the final round. They range in age from 11 to 13.

The champion wins a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos to experience geography firsthand. Second- and third-place winners are awarded scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000.

Students competed from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the military. Here's a link to a YouTube video featuring the 10 National Georgraphic Bee contestants.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
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