That fascination with geography paid off Thursday when Raghav, now in eighth grade, finished fourth in the national finals of the bee, edging out 50 other state and territorial bee winners and taking home a $1,000 check.
Raghav won his school and state bees to earn the trip to the nationals, where 54 finalists were winnowed down to 10 Thursday – and then to four. Raghav prepared for the bee by studying questionnaires by Kenneth Ma, and the CIA World Fact Book.
Preparation required not only studying, but disciplined time management as well, said Jo Ranga, Raghav’s mother. During Tuesday’s preliminary round, Raghav was asked to name the capital of the West Flanders province in Belgium that is famous for spinning and weaving.
The national finals are held at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington and were sponsored by Google.
The geography bee was created in 1989 to encourage and foster the study of geography in school curriculums, Mary Lee Elden, the bee’s executive director said. The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide, 3rd Edition has been created to help kids prepare to compete in the Society's annual geography competition. Get a leg up on the competition with our atlases, maps, and National Geographic Bee study guides. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GEOGRAPHY BEE SAMPLE QUESTIONSNoted from nationaltop ten questionsstudy tips for tips . Ten whiz kids from around the country who qualified for the 2015 National Geographic Bee championship round this Wednesday might be able to come up with the answers to those questions from last year's championship and final rounds -- the Chesapeake Bay, Australia and Timor-Leste (or East Timor). The 10 finishers, winnowed down from 54 state-level winners today, will compete in the final round on Wednesday of the 27th annual competition at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.
The ultimate champion will receive the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to the GalA?pagos Islands aboard the ship, the National Geographic Endeavour. From the pool of 54 students this year, seven of the students were repeat state winners, including two who are competing for the third time. The final question: If built, the proposed Grand Inga Dam would be the world's largest hydroelectric dam.
Menon bested runner-up Shriya Yarlagadda, 11, of Michigan, who missed only one question through the entire contest (about the Sea of Azov). The competition was hosted by journalist Soledad Oa€™Brien and will be televised on National Geographic Channel and Wild, starting on Friday night.


The finalists qualified for Wednesday's championship in a preliminary round on Monday that included 54 contestants from state and territory-level bees.
Seven of the 10 finalists were repeat state winners, including two who are competing in the national bee for the third time. This week, the youngsters boned up on maps and textbooks and nervously explored National Geographica€™s campus and the city.
This yeara€™s finalists included Kapil Nathan of Alabama, Sojas Wagle of Arkansas, Nicholas Monahan of Idaho, Patrick Taylor of Iowa, Abhinav Karthikeyan of  Maryland, Lucy Chae of Massachusetts, Shriya Yarlagadda of Michigan, Shreyas Varathan of Minnesota, Karan Menon of New Jersey, and Tejas Badgujar of Pennsylvania.
During one nail-biting moment Menon challenged the judges after he answered taconite when O'Brien had wanted iron ore for the name of a mineral-rich deposit in the Mesabi Range. National Geographic started the Bee in 1989 to improve geographic literacy among young people. Akhil Rekulapelli and Ameya Mujumdar shake hands in front of Soledad O'Brien during the final round of the 2014 Geo Bee. Answer sample questions from the National Geographic Bee, and get ideas on how to look for clues within the questions that can help you figure out the right answers. The movement of people, goods, or ideas from one place to another is a process known as diffusion, which plays an important role in shaping the characteristics of where we live. Springtime brings the possibility of extreme weather, including violent thunderstorms and tornadoes. WASHINGTON (AP) — The three championship-round questions from the 2014 National Geographic Bee, won by Akhil Rekulapelli, of Sterling, Virginia. An Virginia middle-schooler correctly answered three questions in a one-on-one showdown with a Tampa 11-year-old to win the National Geographic Bee.
Teen who finished fourth at last year's quiz outlasts 11-year-old rival and wins on the distance between Oyala and Bala Third place winner Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, left, second place winner Ameya Mujumdar, and first place winner Akhil Rekulapelli. Name the Bavarian city located on the Danube River that was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806. The city of Saint-Louis, once a capitol of the former French West Africa, is on an island at the mouth of what river? The Khatanga Gulf borders what large Russian peninsula south of the Severnaya Zemlya island group? He was also helped by the 2009 state champion from Arizona, Nicholas Farnsworth, who told Raghav that he needed to read the National Geographic magazines.


As parents, she and her husband provided Raghav with the materials he was interested in and helped him whenever he needed it. Gregory College Preparatory School who made the trip to Washington for the competition, said he fully expected him to get this far.
This is the fourth consecutive year Google has sponsored the event, said Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering for Google Maps and Google Earth.
Finalists in the national competition are eligible to compete in a world championship later this year. Featuring maps, photos, graphs, a variety of questions actually used in past Bees, plus an extensive resource section, this updated edition includes revised statistics to reflect the most up-to-date figures. The second- and third-place winners receive scholarships of $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. Of those repeat students, Abhinav Karthikeyan of Maryland, who competed in the 2013 and 2014 contests, is the only one in the group of 10 finalists, who each already won $500. Kinga€™s Mountain, site of an important American victory in the Revolutionary War, is located in the Piedmont region in which state?
Icelanda€™s largest city is located on FaxaflA?i, or Faxa Bay, and is the center of its cod-fishing industry. The Taklamakan Desert, home to the Uyghur people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?
The Donets Basin is an industrial area shared by Russia and which neighboring country to the west?
The Bab el Mandeb, a strait between the Arabian Peninsula and mainland Africa, connects the Gulf of Aden to what large body of water? But Karan Menon, 14, answered specific questions about those places to win the National Geographic Bee championship in Washington, D.C.
Four million students competed in local geography bees this year from 11,000 schools, representing roughly 12 percent of U.S.
A recent survey found that three of four American eigth graders lack basic proficiency in the subject.




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