Minocqua student places 2nd in National Geographic Bee, wins $15,000
MINOCQUA (WAOW) -
The Minocqua students that took second place in the National Geographic Bee headed back to school today. Vansh Jain says his win was years in the making and took hundreds of hours to prepare for.
It was a journey that started in his homeroom. Then, Vansh Jain had to be the best at Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk Elementary School. Then he had to be the best in the state. The final step was nationals.
Jain says it's been a dream since he was in first grade—to place in the top three at the National Geographic Bee. Last week, it all came true.
"It's a relief because I've done it so many times and I wanted to live up to that," Jain said.
Jain says he spent between eight and ten hours each day studying. His school even gave him some time off to do it.
"You have to look at atlases, look at maps, you have to like to look at maps and read a lot," Jain said.
"Vansh has an incredible work ethic and there's a lot of time spent outside the classroom preparing for this," MHLT Elementary school principal Rob Way said.
This wasn't Jain's first time at Nationals either. He placed in 4th in 2009 and 6th in 2012. But he says he wouldn't change a thing.
The final question, landing Jain in 2nd place—Name the Bavarian city located on the Danube River that was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806.
"I'm happy about it. I still got a prize, second is a huge achievement," Jain said.
The $15,000 scholarship isn't too bad either.
A love of geography runs in the family—Jain says it's his sister's time to shine. He says she's been waiting for him to move onto high school, so she can have her chance at the national competition.