WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Alex Trebek is in the nation’s capital, but it’s not to host “Jeopardy!”

Instead, Trebek will be quizzing 10 young geography experts about history, cultures, landmarks and climates as they vie for the title of National Geographic Bee champion.

The finals of the geography bee will be contested Wednesday morning in Washington and broadcast Thursday evening on the National Geographic Channel.

The finalists will compete for a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The field was narrowed from 54 state-level winners in Monday’s preliminary round.

The finalists include 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.

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