BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Amey Paranjpe, a fifth grade student at Eisenhower Intermediate School, won the school wide competition of the National Geographic Bee Jan. 20.

This win awards Paranjpe a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. 

Over 70 students participated in this exciting, school-wide challenge that took place over two days. The school bee, at which students answered questions about United States and world geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

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Paranjpe also participates in other academic extracurricular programs like the Continental Math League, as well as sports such as soccer and swimming. 

Paranjpe has been preparing for the written qualifying round by quizzing himself and using websites. 

Thousands of schools around the United States are participating in the 2017 bee.  The school champions, including Paranjpe, will take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 15-17. It will air on May 19 at 8 p.m. 

The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip and $500. There are also prizes awarded for the second, third and fourth place contestants.

For more information about the Geography Bee visit www.nationalgeographic.com.