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Indian-American student wins the prestigious National Geographic Bee
SI Team
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Karan Menon, a 14 year-old Indian American student, competed and won the prestigious National Geographic Bee competition, against 10 finalists from across the US, held on Wednesday at National Geographic headquarters, U.S.

Out of the 10 finalists, Menon, an eighth grader from New Jersey was one of the seven Indian-origin participants. In addition to winning the title of National Geographic Bee champion, Menon received a USD 85,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an expedition for two to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour.

The first-runner up and recipient of a USD 25,000 college scholarship was 11-year-old Shriya Yarlagadda of Michigan. While the third place and a USD 10,000 college scholarship went to Sojas Wagle of Arkansas, a 13-year-old eighth grader.

After answering all the seven championship-round questions correctly, Menon won this esteemed title. The final question, which clinched the win for Menon, was: "If completed, the proposed Grand Inga Dam would become the world"s largest hydropower plant. This dam would be built near Inga Falls on which African river?" And the correct answer given by Menon for this question was The Congo River. The only question missed by him was "Mariupol, a city located at the mouth of the Kalmius River, is located on what sea that is an arm of the Black Sea?" whose correct answer was Sea of Azov.

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