BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School eighth grader Anoushka Buddhikot will represent the state of New Jersey in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.

The bee will be held May 20 through May 23 in Washington D.C.

On April 6, more than 4,600 students competed across the United States in National Geographic State Bees, with each state champion receiving a $200 cash prize, the "National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition" and a trip to Washington D.C. to represent the state in the national bee.

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Buddhikot represented the middle school for the second year in a row this year after she won the bee there and then took a qualifying test to participate in the state bee at Rowan in early April.

In the national bee, the first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands on the National Geographic Endeavor II. Second and third place winners will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively, along with $150 and $100, respectively.