US: Rahul Nagvekar, a 14 years old student of 8th grade from Missouri City, US, won the 2012 National Geographic Bee championship. He received a trip to the Galapagos Islands, in addition to a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a USD 25,000 college scholarship. To get here, Rahul answered more than 300 geography-related questions since the Bee started at Quail Valley Middle School last fall.
This year, over four million students around the US participated in the National Geographic Bee. Participants in the qualifying rounds were asked a variety of questions, ranging from locations of carnivorous plants, spider monkeys, natural disasters, soil types, language dialects, labour reforms and glaciers.
The last question of this year’s final was: “Name the Bavarian City on the Danube River that was the legislative seat for the Holy Roman Empire from 1663-1806.” And, Rahul answered ‘Regensburg, in Bavaria, Germany’.
Google sponsored the National Geographic Bee. This contest highlights the importance of being geographically literate, a skill that is vital for all students.
Source: National Geographic