Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, a seventh-grader at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, has won the California state level National Geographic Bee.
Tuvya won $100 and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and will represent the state in national competition in May.
Tuvya beat 100 other competitors at the state bee in Fresno by correctly answering the question, "What is the name for the underground tunnel system invented in ancient Persia to carry water from mountain springs to lowland arid agriculture areas?" (The answer is qanat or kanat, an aqueduct.)
At the state bee, the highest scoring winners of school bees, from grades four through eight, tested their geographic knowledge against one another.
The national champion will win a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an expense-paid trip for two to the Galápagos Islands. The second-place finisher will receive a $25,000 scholarship, and the third-place finisher will receive a $10,000 scholarship.