BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Anoushka Buddhikot, a seventh-grade student at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, was named a semifinalist for the 2017 New Jersey National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Rowan University on March 31.

This is the second level of the national competition, now in its 29th year. School bees are held first in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students to determine school champions, who then take a qualifying test before being submitted to the National Geographic Society.

According to a release, each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition, and a trip to Washington D.C. to represent the state in the National Geographic Bee Championship being held May 14-17.

The winner of the championships will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands on the new National Geographic Endeavor II.