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Ridgefield Boy Wins Connecticut's Geographic Bee, Heads To Nationals In DC

Ritwik Bose, an eighth-grader at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, and his mentor, Chris Peterson, at the state finals of the National Geographic Bee.
Ritwik Bose, an eighth-grader at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, and his mentor, Chris Peterson, at the state finals of the National Geographic Bee. Photo Credit: Scotts Ridge Middle School

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Ritwik Bose, an eighth-grader at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, took top honors at the 2016 Connecticut National Geographic Bee held April 1 at Central Connecticut State University.

He will represent Connecticut in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. from May 23-25.

As state champion, he will also receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal.

If he becomes national champion, he 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 the 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 National Geographic.

Second-finishers will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and third-place finishers will receive $10,000 college scholarships.

The national championship preliminary rounds will take place on Monday, May 23, in Washington, D.C.

The national championship final rounds featuring the top 10 finalists will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

This year, the final rounds will be moderated for the first time by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca.

The National Geographic Channel will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization that helps to protect the planet. National Geographic funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year.

For more information on National Geographic, click here.

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