HUDSON — A Hudson Middle School sixth-grader was named a semifinalist for this year's National Geographic GeoBee competition.

Krishiv Patel, 11, will now compete at the state level, although there is a twist this year: the competition will be online on March 27 due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

National Geographic posted the following on its website regarding switching the competition to an online format:

"Due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Geographic Society has made the decision to cancel the in-person level National Geographic State GeoBee scheduled for March 27, 2020 in all locations and switch to an online format. We are doing this out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, and in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone who attends our events.... The National Geographic Society will offer the opportunity for State GeoBee qualifiers to take an online test on March 27 that is administered and proctored by the school GeoBee coordinator or another paid school employee."

Krishiv said he enjoyed participating in the GeoBee.

"I’ve always liked history, and I'm good at it," Krishiv said. "It was something to do that was kind of fun. I try to get first or second in a competition."

In addition to history, Krishiv said he likes science and swimming.

To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades, according to information provided by the Hudson City Schools. Krishiv was one of 10 school finalists from a pool of more than 930 Hudson Middle School students who participated in this year’s school wide Geography Bee.

A sampling of the questions that students had to answer included:

• Which state is located west of Lake Huron—Minnesota or Vermont?

• Known for the tree nuts resembling deer eyes, which midwestern state is called the Buckeye State — California or Ohio?

• A savanna elephant’s daily amount of dung contains more than 3,000 seeds. Savanna elephants can be found in Namibia and Mozambique on what continent?

• Volcanic activity under Yellowstone National Park creates great spouts of heated water that erupt out of the ground. These water eruptions are called what — geysers or cyclones?

• Which country does not border the Atlantic Ocean — Moldova, Angola, or Ireland?

• The ancient Babylonians of Mesopotamia developed an early example of what basic counting machine that is still in use today — abacus or sundial?

The answers are Minnesota, Ohio, Africa, geysers, Moldova, and abacus.

This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the state GeoBees.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships. The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

The 2020 National Championship are scheduled to take place May 17 through 21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters. The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash.

Visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

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