Janagan Ramanathan, a Sartell Middle School student, will compete at the statewide National Geographic Bee April 5 at St. Cloud State University’s Ritsche Auditorium.
The event starts at 9:15 a.m., with 100 students throughout the state competing. The winner will go on to compete in the national bee in Washington, D.C. The National Geographic Spelling Bee is for students in fourth through eighth grades.
Last year, Ramananthan’s older brother, Gopi, was the statewide winner and competed nationally. Gopi had won numerous bees. Since he is no longer in eighth grade, he cannot compete anymore. This year, however, Gopi is a member of the Sartell-St. Stephen Knowledge Bowl team that will participate at the state level.