Published: 20th May 2017
Indian American student wins National Geographic Bee contest
Pranay Varada, an Indian- American student wins the National Geographic Bee. Of the ten finalists, six were Indian American students in the contest this year
A 14-year-old Indian-American student has won the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee contest, becoming the sixth consecutive Indian-American to win the championship.
Pranay Varada, who is a Dewitt Perry Middle School eighth grader from Texas, won a medal and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.
Six of the 10 finalists were Indian-Americans. Second and third prize winners received scholarships of $25,000 and $10,000, respectively
Varada beat runner-up Thomas Wright, 14, in the event hosted by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
Varada was also presented a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society. He also competed in the last year's finals. He was declared the winner after he won the first tie-breaker question correctly, identifying the Kunlun Mountains as the 1,200-mile range that separates the Taklimakan Desert from the Tibetan Plateau.
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Before the finals, Varada told National Geographic that winning the bee was a five-year effort of his. Six of the 10 finalists were Indian-Americans. Second and third prize winners received scholarships of $25,000 and $10,000, respectively.