10 make finals of National Geographic Bee; finals scheduled for Wednesday

Ten young scholars have made it to the finals of the National Geographic Bee, where they'll compete for a $25,000 college scholarship.

The preliminary rounds of the national competition were held Monday, narrowing the field of 54 state-level winners to the final 10.

The field for Wednesday's finals includes one repeat participant, 14-year-old Neelam Sandhu of Bedford, N.H. Asha Jain of Minocqua, Wis., the younger sister of last year's runner-up, also made the finals. Other states represented will be California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Virginia. The participants range in age from 11 to 14.

They'll answer questions about history, world cultures, landmarks and climates. Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" will host the finals, which will be broadcast Thursday on the National Geographic Channel.