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Loudoun middle schooler wins state geography bee

Akhil Rekulapelli bested 100 other students to become the 2013 Virginia Geography Bee champion. Rekulapelli now moves on to compete at the national level. —Courtesy photo
A Loudoun resident took top honors at this year's Virginia Geography Bee on April 5 at Longwood University.

Akhil Rekulapelli, a seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School, defeated 99 other local students to win first place.

As the champion, Rekulapelli moves on to the national competition, held May 22 at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. This is the bee's 25th year and also the final year Jeopardy host Alex Trebek will moderate.

In addition to Rekulapelli's success, Blue Ridge eighth grader Jacob Coleman finished in third.

The competition features students in grades four through eight who won their respective school bees. The kids then take a qualifying test, with the top 100 being invited to compete at the state level. Loudoun boasted 16 of the top 100 scorers.

Preliminary rounds limited final round participants to 10 students. The final round was held at Longwood University's Jarman Auditorium.

Here's a complete list of Loudoun participants at the Virginia Geography Bee.

-Anthony Baez, Buffalo Trail Elementary
-Max Baskin, Horizon Elementary
-Josiah Bonifant, Belmont Ridge Middle
-Nicolas Camargo, Hutchison Farm Elementary
-Justin Dabre, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary
-Christopher Ganey, Cedar Lane Elementary
-William Klemm, Leesburg Elementary
-Abhishek Mogili, Harmony Middle
-Michael Nicholson, Sterling Middle
-Arian Patel, Frederick Douglass Elementary
-Neal Pillai, River Been Middle
-Jeevna Prakash, Mercer Middle
-Ethan Van Berkel, Cool Spring Elementary
-John Zent, J. Lupton Simpson Middle

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