MANCHESTER CENTER - Tyler Jager, a seventh grade student at Manchester Elementary Middle School, won the Vermont Geographic Bee on April 5 at Middlebury College.

Jager was one of 73 students across the state in grades four through eight who were participating in the bee.

Jager won the competition by correctly naming South Africa as the country that ruled Walvis Bay, one of the largest ports in Mambia, until 1994. Jager scored an eight out of eight in the preliminary round at Middlebury before moving on to the final round. The winning answer was given in the third sudden death tie-breaker of the championship round.

On May 20 through May 22, Jager will compete as Vermont's representative in the national finals at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He will compete against other finalists from all over the country. The winner of the national competition will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

Jager has attended Manchester Elementary Middle School since Kindergarten. This was Jager's third time in the state geo-bee, but the first time he won at the state level. Jager is 12-years-old.

The Vermont Geographic Bee is part of the National Geographic Society's Geo-Bee program. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee.