BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington eighth-grader is on his way to Washington to compete for the $25,000 first prize in the National Geographic Bee after taking the top spot in Kentucky's competition.
Nolan Phillips of the Montessori Middle School of Kentucky knew that "Easter Island" was the correct answer to the question: "The island of Rapa Nui is more commonly referred to by what English language name?"
Competition coordinator Kate Greer said the state finals were held Friday at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Second place went to Nitin Krishna, an eighth grader at Corbin Middle School, and the third place spot was taken by Erin Suttles, an eighth grader at Mary Queen of Heaven in Erlanger.
The national competition is scheduled for May 25 and 26 and will be hosted by Alex Trebek.
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