The 2019 GeoBee was held on March 29 at Longwood University in Farmville. This year’s State Coordinator was Kathryn Jefferson of the Fuqua School, Farmville. Moderator for the finals was Dr. Matthew Geike, College of William and Mary.
The top ten finalists were
- Anish Sasarla of Leesburg, VA, Belmont Ridge Middle School
- Alexander Daniels of Springfield, VA, Washington and Irving Middle School
- Visethreach Sothy of Vienna, VA, Joyce Kilmer Middle School
- Samvrit Rao of Ashburn VA, Stone Middle School
- John Mario of Glen Allen, VA, Hollman Middle School
- Satvik Ratnala of Ashburn, VA, Brambleton Middle School
- Griffin Lewandowski of Chantilly, VA, Rocky Run Middle School
- ameson White of Burke, VA, White Oaks Elementary School
- Arvind Krishnan of Leesburg, VA, Seldens Landing Elementary School
- Michael Leath of Leesburg, VA, Harper Park Middle School
The winning questions was: What is the name for the underground tunnel system invented in ancient Persia to carry water from mountains to lowland arid agricultural areas?*
The winner of the State Finals was Anish Sasarla of Leesburg, VA, Belmont Ridge Middle School.
Anish Sasarla has been in the top ten of the competition for four years and was a previous (2017) winner of the Virginia State Geography Bee.
Runner-up, taking second place was Alexander Daniels of Springfield, VA, Washington and Irving Middle School; and placing third was Visethreach Sothy of Vienna, VA, Joyce Kilmer Middle School.
Anish Sasarla, Alexander Daniels, and Visethreach Sothy
Congratulations to all participants!
Good luck to Anish in the National Championship held at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 19-22, 2019