National Geographic Bee Champions

Of the seventeen National Geographic Bee Champions, sixteen are male and one is female. Four are from the State of Michigan, four from the State of Washington, two from Kansas, and one each from various other states.

1989 - Jack Staddon
State: Kansas
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Name the flat intermountain area located at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) in the central Andes.
Answer: Altiplano

1990 - Susannah Batko-Yovino
State: Pennsylvania
Grade: Sixth
Winning Question: Mount Erebus is a volcano on which continent?
Answer: Antarctica
Note: Only female champion

1991 - David Stillman
State: Idaho
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: What type of landform is commonly associated with orographic precipitation?
Answer: Mountain
Note: Only champion with a perfect score in the finals

1992 - Lawson Fite
State: Washington
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Many coastal countries have established so-called EEZs—areas extending 200 nautical miles (370 km) from shore over which countries have sovereign rights for resource exploration. What do the initials EEZ stand for?
Answer: Exclusive Economic Zone

1993 - Noel Erinjeri
State: Michigan
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Tagalog is one of the three main native languages of which island country in Asia?
Answer: The Philippines

1994 - Anders Knospe
State: Montana
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: The Tagus River roughly divides which European country into two agricultural regions?
Answer: Portugal

1995 - Chris Galeczka
State: Michigan
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Pashtu and Dari are the official languages of which mountainous, landlocked country in southwestern Asia?
Answer: Afghanistan

1996 - Seyi Fayanju
State: New Jersey
Grade: Seventh
Winning Question: Name the European co-principality whose heads of state are the President of France and the Bishop of Urgel.
Answer: Andorra

1997 - Alex Kerchner
State: Washington
Grade: Seventh
Winning Question: Asia's most densely populated country has about three million people and an area of less than 250 square miles (402 km²). Name this country.
Answer: Singapore

1998 - Petko Peev
State: Michigan
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: More than 80 million people live in the European Union's most populous member country. Name this country.
Answer: Germany

1999 - David Beihl
State: South Carolina
Grade: Eighth (home schooled)
Winning Question: The condition characterized by unusually cold ocean temperature in the equatorial region of the eastern Pacific Ocean is known by what Spanish name?
Answer: La Niña

2000 - Felix Peng
State: Connecticut
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Name two of the three largest sections of Denmark, which include its mainland peninsula and two largest islands
Answer: Jutland, Sjaelland and Fyn

2001 - Kyle Haddad Fonda
State: Washington
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Below the equilibrium line of glaciers there is a region of melting, evaporation, and sublimation. Name this zone.
Answer: Zone of ablation

2002 - Calvin McCarter
State: Michigan
Grade: Fifth (home schooled)
Winning Question: Lop Nur, a marshy depression at the east end of the Tarim Basin, is a nuclear test site for which country?
Answer: China (People's Republic)
Note: Youngest champion

2003 - James Williams
State: Washington
Grade: Eighth (home schooled)
Winning Question: Goa, a state in southwestern India, was a possession of which country until 1961?
Answer: Portugal

2004 - Andrew Wojtanik
State: Kansas
Grade: Eighth
Winning Question: Peshawar, a city in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, has had strategic importance for centuries because of its location near what historic pass?
Answer: Khyber Pass

2005 - Nathan Cornelius
State: Minnesota
Grade: Seventh
Winning Question: Lake Gatún, an artificial lake that constitutes part of the Panama Canal system, was created by damming which river?
Answer: Chagres River