Pinewood Prep student Krish Patel of Summerville on Monday qualified as one of the top 10 finalists in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

The finalists, culled down from 54 competitors from all 50 states and several US territories, will compete in the final round on Wednesday. It will be taped to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD.