Sartell sixth-grader Gopi Ramanathan will represent Minnesota this week at the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. He beat 102 other Minnesota students in the state finals to earn the trip.
A win in the big event would mean $25,000 in scholarships, a trip to the Galápagos Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
Ramanathan, who knows the lay of the land, told the St. Cloud Times that he’s confident: “I’m at least hoping to get in the top 10, if not win it.”
Electronic signs outside Sartell — just north of St. Cloud — have been running Gopi’s name, and Tuesday is Gopi Day in the city. That’s when he’ll compete in the preliminary round; the top 10 then move on to Wednesday’s finals, with Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” as the host.
Gopi’s career goal: to be a geography professor at the University of Minnesota.