National Geographic Bee Winner 2012, Rahul Nagvekar from Texas

By on May 25, 2012 in Education, United States, World Comments
National Geographic Bee 2012 winner Rahul Nagvekar

National Geographic Bee Winner: Rahul Nagvekar (R)
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The 24th annual National Geographic Bee winner is Texas student Rahul Nagvekar, according to reports by international news sites on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The 2012 Natioanal Geographic Bee competition was hosted by Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” fame.

Reports say that 10 students from across the US gathered to compete for the National Geographic Bee 2012 contest.

The students were asked to answer geography questions, analyzed world maps and climate charts, and personal questions from Trebek.

Students with the lowest points were eliminated until only Nagvekar, 14, of Texas and Vansh Jain, 13, of Wisconsin remained for the finals.

The final question of the National Geographic Bee 2012 is: “What Bavarian city on the Danube River served as the legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806?

Nagvekar has given the correct answer: Regensburg. He won the grand prize of $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The Texas student later revealed that his answer “was a complete guess.” Nagvekar explained that he “was thinking of two cities, Regensburg and Ingolstadt. Luckily, Regensburg was correct.”

Runner-up Jain and third-place finisher Varun Mahadevan, 13, of California got $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively. Fourth placer, Raghav Ranga, 14, of Arizona took home $1,000.

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