National spelling champ to compete at national geography bee

By MADISON PHARIS, Four Points News

Nihar Janga, 7th grader from Canyon Ridge Middle School, will compete in the 2018 National Geographic State Bee in Washington D.C. May 20-23.

On April 6, more than 4,600 students across the United States participated in the National Geographic State Bees, with a winner declared in each eligible state and territory.

Janga won for Texas and will compete in the upcoming National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters.

Janga was the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion and was the youngest to ever hold title.

In preparation for the event Janga has been studying with his mother, Sushma, for about an hour nearly every day.

He reads National Geographic Bee magazines, studies Google maps and the atlas,” said Narayana Janga,  Nihar’s father.

He will go on to compete against 53 other contestants at the national level.

Lynette Haaland contributed to this article.