Seventh grader Eli Fulton is in Washington, D.C. to represent Rhode Island in the National Geographic Bee. He’ll compete for the 27th national title and a $50,000 scholarship.
The 13-year-old East Providence resident is being homeschooled.
Starting Monday, Fulton will face 54 competitors in a three-day showdown of geography prowess. He said he’s excited but anxious for the competition to begin.
“I’m expecting it to feel kind of tense as a competition always is,” said Fulton. “I’m pretty sure all these other kids have worked really hard – as I have – if not harder.”
Though he spends hours a day studying far-flung destinations, he says the most he’s ever traveled is to Alabama to see his grandparents. If he makes the final round, it will be broadcast live on the National Geographic channel.
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