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Honolulu 4th grader a finalist in National Geographic Bee

Published On: May 10 2012 04:43:57 PM HST

Mika Ishii; Courtesy:  National Geographic Bee

WASHINGTON -

Mika Ishii, a fourth grader from Honolulu, will represent Hawaii in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. May 22 through 24.

Ishii is one of only 54 who have qualified for the finals of the competition, with $50,000 in scholarship money up for grabs among other prizes.

Ishii, 10, attends John H. Wilson Elementary in Honolulu.  She plays the ukulele and violin.  She hopes to be a scientist and study birds from around the world.

She's love to visit every country.  The best place she's been to is Victoria, Canada.  There, she went to the Bug Zoo and held insects in her hand.

The final round of the Bee will be simulcast on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

This year’s top 10 national finalists as well as next year’s top 10 may be eligible for selection to the three-person team that will represent the United States at the international National Geographic World Championship in 2013, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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