National Geographic Bee: How'd the Minnesota 7th-grader do in the finals?


Note: If you want to watch the National Geographic Bee when it airs Friday evening (7 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD), stop reading.

It was a great run for Lucas Eggers, but unfortunately it ended a bit sooner than he probably hoped.

The Rochester seventh-grader was one of 10 finalists in the National Geographic Bee Wednesday morning, after notching a perfect score during prelims earlier this week.

Rishi Nair, a 12-year-old from Florida, won the competition in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning.

The clinching question: “A new marine sanctuary will protect sharks and other wildlife around Isla Wolf in which archipelago in the Pacific Ocean?”

The answer is the Galápagos Islands.

Eggers did not make the final three.

But he still got $500 for being one of the 10 finalists heading into the day. And he had this great quote National Geographic tweeted out.


Eggers is homeschooled, and won the state competition last month. This was his second time representing Minnesota in the national competition (the other being in 2014).

Minnesota has had one National Geographic Bee champion – Nathan Cornelius, who was also homeschooled, won in 2005.


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