Philip Huang nabbed the top prize Friday in the competition that featured 100 geography whizzes from the fourth grade through the eighth grade. He will represent Michigan in the national competition May 22-24 at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington.
Second place went to Ann Arbor student Matthew Petrillo, who also placed second last year. Third place went to Joshua Heytler of West Bloomfield.
This was the fifth time the Kalamazoo university hosted Michigan’s Geographic Bee. Competitions took place in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools globally.