KEENE, NH (March 30, 2012)—Neelam Sandhu, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford, NH, took top honors at the 2012 New Hampshire state-level Geographic Bee held today at Keene State College. She received $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where she will represent New Hampshire in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-24, 2012. The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state sponsors are Google and Plum Creek.
Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools took part in today’s state-level Bees.
First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, visit
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2012 National Geographic Bee, moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for date and time in your area.