Yukon boy among national geography bee finalists

A Yukon eighth-grader joined the ranks of geography gurus this week, making it among the top 10 finalists in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.


Lakeview Middle School student Tyler Bowen, 14, advanced to Wednesday’s final round of the annual bee after acing a preliminary contest Tuesday against 54 other state- and territory-level winners.


The avid sports fan ultimately gave way to his competitors, after progressing to the top 10 of nearly 5 million students who participate each year.



“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek moderated the final round, which was won by Washington’s Caitlin Snaring, the second girl to win the bee since its inception in 1989. Kansas’ Suneil Iyer took second, and Tennessee’s Mark Arildsen placed third.


The winning question asked the name of the city, divided by a river of the same name, that was the imperial capital of Vietnam for more than a century.


The correct answer? Hue. “Emily Jerman

Emily Jerman

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