Sells Middle School student Sathvik Rayala has earned a spot as a semifinalist in the Ohio National Geographic State Bee later this month.

Sells Middle School student Sathvik Rayala has earned a spot as a semifinalist in the Ohio National Geographic State Bee later this month.

Rayala beat out other Sells students as the school champion and progressed to the next level by taking a qualifying test.

The National Geographic Society invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students from each state throughout the country.

By qualifying for the state bee, Rayala has a chance to go to Washington, D.C., to represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee Championship in May.

The national champion will win a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

The National Geographic Bee challenges students with geography questions.