14-year-old Texan wins National Geographic Bee 24 May 12

BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – A first-time national geography bee contender from Texas has won the annual competition in Washington.

Fourteen-year-old Rahul Nagvekar, of Missouri City, Texas, won National Geographic Bee on Thursday. He will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

Gopi Ramanathan, a St. Cloud area 8th grader, was one of 10 finalists.

Thirteen-year-old Vansh Jain, of Minocqua, Wis., came in second and will take home a $15,000 scholarship. Vansh was representing his state for the third time in the national bee.

The third-place winner, 13-year-old Varun Mahadevan of California, wins a $10,000 scholarship.

The competition began with about 4 million students in schools across the country this year.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek hosts the finals, which were televised on the National Geographic Channel.