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Riverwatch student a two-time state bee champ
Vishal Sareddy
Vishal Sareddy

An eighth grader from Forsyth County has successfully defended his title of Georgia State Geography Champion. 

According to a news release from Riverwatch Middle School in south Forsyth, on April 6 Vishal Sareddy won the 2018 Georgia National Geographic State Bee held at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville for the second year in a row, in his last year of eligibility for the title. 

As state champion, Sareddy won a $200 cash prize, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May where he will represent Georgia in the National Geographic Bee Championships. 

Sareddy beat out 100 other fourth through eighth graders in Georgia to become state champion, and in the national competition he will face the 53 other state winners, with a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship and an “all-expenses-paid … expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll,” according to a news release from the National Geographic Bee. 

The release from Riverwatch stated that in the past years, Sareddy has placed highly in the state competition and last year was ranked in the top 20 nationally. 

Preliminary rounds of the national championship will take place on May 20 and 21, and the final rounds featuring the top 10 contestants will be held on May 23, according to the National Geographic release.