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26th Annual "National Geographic" Bee

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

100 students from across Montana competed in the 26th annual "National Geographic" Bee at MSU Billings and one of them worked his way to number one.

Jesse Zhang, of Missoula, a 2-time participant, won the bee.

He will represent Montana in the national competition in Washington DC, where he has a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

Zhang says a game given to him by his parents is what initially got him interested in geography; that game made him look for different places across the world

He says he practiced for nearly two months to get ready for the bee and his hard work paid off.

The question that made him the winner? 'Name the sea that borders Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic Ocean.' The answer? The Kara Sea.

Zhang says the happiness that comes with winning is difficult to express.

"I was feeling great, I mean, I was like, oh yes, I was thinking, I'm going to D.C., you know, I'm just really happy, I was basically just bouncing around, I was like yes!" Zhang said.

Zhang says he's excited to visit DC.