Middlesex Middle School eighth grader James Leone out-answered the top 100 students in Connecticut to take first place at the National Geographic Connecticut State Bee on April 6 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Leone is one of 54 state and territory champions who will compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C., May 20–23.

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States competed to reach their state Bees.

The national Bee champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society (including a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine), and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers in the national competition will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.