Pinewood Prep eighth-grader Krish Patel is among the 10 finalists at the National Geography Bee in Washington, DC.

Patel, 14, is representing South Carolina at the competition for the 4th consecutive year.

Four million middle school children competed in local and state competitions.

Patel, who finished 11th last year, advances to the final 10 and will be on stage at the national finals on Wednesday morning.

The finals will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel. The top 3 finalists win college scholarship money.

Patel's mother, Elliza, says as a small child, her son first became intrigued with geography by looking at the weather page of her copy of The Post and Courier.