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Indian-American student bags Bee contest

Posted May 19th, 2017, 11:25 AM IST

Indian-American student bags Bee contest

Pranay Varada, 14, an Indian-American student, won the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee competition. “I was absolutely sure I could win that challenge,” Varada said soon after bagging the coveted competition, which for the past one decade has been dominated by Indian- Americans.

“Having done this for such a long time and winning it now, it’s just a feeling of satisfaction,” Varada, an eighth grader from Texas, said. A runner up last year, Varada this time did not want to give any chance.

He was declared the winner as he won the first tie breaker question when he correctly identified the Kunlun Mountains as the 1,200 mile range that separates the Taklimakan Desert from the Tibetan Plateau. As a result, he gets $50,000 in scholarship and other prizes. Veda Bhattaram another Indian-American from New Jersey finished third at the finals, while Thomas Wright from Wisconsin was declared the runner up.

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