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12-year-old Sathwik spells Chimborazo right to win Bee

Last updated on: May 23, 2013 11:05 IST

12-year-old Sathwik spells Chimborazo right to win Bee

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Sathwik Karnik, an Indian-origin boy from Massachusetts has won this year's National Geographic Bee contest after gruelling rounds testing his geographic knowledge about lions in Botswana, mountain ranges in Asia and port cities in England.

To clinch this title, Karnik, 12, correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth's centre.

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Image: 2013 National Geographic Bee winner Sathwik Karnik of Massachusetts is congratulated by his father, Vishwanath (not in picture), mother Rathna and brother Karthik. Karthik finished in the top 10 of the National Geographic Bee in 2011 and 2012
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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Karnik, a native of Norfolk, south of Boston, is a 7th grader at King Philip Regional Middle School while his family hails from south India.

The national competition this time round turned out to be dominated by the Indian-Americans even as in the finals held in Washington on Wednesday, eight of the 10 finalists, who competed among the four million participants for the competition, were Indian-Americans.

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Image: Amy Eveleth of the Baltimore Zoo displays boa constrictor Humphrey Bogart to the top 10 National Geographic Bee finalists during a round of the competition
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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In addition to Karnik, the third place was grabbed by Sanjeev Uppaluri, 11, fifth-grader at Fulton Sunshine Academy in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta and the fourth place went to Virginia's Akhil Rekulapelli, 12, seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn.

Karnik will take home the spoils of the Bee prize that include a $25,000 college scholarship, an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands, and a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, National Geographic reported.

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Image: The top three winners of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee display their prizes
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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This is the third year in a row that a member of the Karnik family has placed in the top 10 of the National Geographic Bee.

Sathwik's brother, Karthik, took fifth place at the 2011 Bee and sixth place at the 2012 Bee.

But it is Sathwik who realised the family dream.

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Image: National Geographic Bee winner Sathwik Karnik, 12, of Massachusetts receives his first-place prize of a $25,000 college scholarship from National Geographic Chairman and CEO John Fahey
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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Second-place winner and recipient of a $15,000 college scholarship was Illinois' Conrad Oberhaus, 13, seventh-grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, a suburb of Chicago.

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Image: A thumbs-up from National Geographic Bee winner Sathwik Karnik, left, of Massachusetts as he correctly answers the final question posed by moderator Alex Trebek. The runner-up was Illinois' Conrad Oberhaus
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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The six other finalists, who each won $500, were Tuvya Bergson-Michelson of California, Pranit Nanda of Colorado, Neha Middela of Michigan, Neelam Sandhu of New Hampshire, Harish Palani of Oregon and Asha Jain of Wisconsin.

National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society since 1989.

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Image: Bee moderator Alex Trebek quizzes the top10 finalists at the 25th National Geographic Bee held at The National Theatre in Washington
Photographs: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

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