Second-place winner and recipient of a $15,000 college scholarship was Illinois’ Conrad Oberhaus, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, a suburb of Chicago. The winning question was: “Because Earth bulges at the Equator, the point that is farthest from Earth’s center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador.
Fifty-four state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2013 National Geographic Bee on Monday, May 20. The three-person team that will represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in St.
Nearly 4 million students took part in the 2013 National Geographic Bee, which was sponsored for the fifth year by Google.
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. After moderating the finals of the National Geographic Bee for 25 years, since its inception in 1989, Alex Trebek is stepping down. Sathwik Karnik and Conrad Oberhaus compete during the final round of the National Geographic Bee. After many grueling rounds that tested geographic knowledge of lions in Botswana, mountain ranges in Asia, and port cities in England, 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik from Norfolk, Massachusetts, was named the winner of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. Karnik correctly named Chimborazoa€”a mountain peak in Ecuadora€”as the peak on Earth that's farthest from the earth's center to best 13-year-old Conrad Oberhaus, of Lincolnshire, Illinois, in a heated final round. Immediate plans following the Bee involved lunch with the other contestants, then resting with his parents and older brother Karthik, who helped him prepare for the competition.
The siblings practiced for hours a day, with 15-year-old Karthik creating increasingly harder geography tests for his little brother.
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, the California representative, said he tried to stay calm so that he could remember the atlases he had studied for months.
After the competition's end, Bergson-Michelson collected autographs from his fellow competitors as parents lingered around the stage waiting for their children. Sixth grader Gabriel Rauen has been named champ of the Incarnate Word Academy Middle Level Geography Bee. Gabriel competed with nine other Middle Level students at the Geography Bee on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the James R. IWA’s Middle Level students participated in classroom bees on Monday, January 7, 2013 during their history classes. Sample questions and answers from the 2013 National Geographic Bee, a competition for middle-school students from around the country. That hobby earned the sixth-grader from Mountainside Middle School a trip to Washington where he represented Arizona in the national bee after finishing ahead of hundreds of students in statewide competitions to get here. The bee starts at the school level withA  students in fourth through eighth grades competing to advance to the state level, where an online competition is held. While this was Cameron’s first trip to the nationals, it was not his first try at the bee.
This year, he got to the state contest and topped 100 other students for the right to represent the state at the National Theater in Washington.
He faced nine questions in the preliminary round on Monday before answering four wrong – the point at which contestants are eliminated.

Even though Cameron did not make it out of the preliminary round, he watched the rest of the competition and the family planned to stay and do some sight-seeing before heading back to Scottsdale on Friday. Contestants in the preliminary round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, held this week in Washington.
May 21, 2014---Oyala, a planned city located in the rainforest 65 miles east of Bata, is being built as a new capital for which African country? In this image released by National Geographic, bee winner Sathwik Karnik, left, of Massachusetts, gives a thumbs-up as he correctly answers the final question posed by moderator Alex Trebek on Wednesday. When he was about 6, his mother began challenging Sathwik and his older brother, Karthik, to her own version of hide-and-seek — using an atlas.
The games paid off when Karthik, now 15, made the finals of the National Geographic Bee in 2011 and 2012.
Sathwik might have made it to the finals earlier if not for his brother Karthik, who beat him twice in the Massachusetts bee. Runner-up Conrad Oberhaus, 13, of Lincolnshire, Ill., knew the answer as well, but Sathwik got all five questions right in their one-on-one duel. Sathwik might have made it to the finals earlier if not for Karthik, who beat him twice in the Massachusetts state bee.
The boys’ mother, Rathma, and her husband, Vishwanath, who both work in the software industry, emigrated from near Mangalore, India, in 2002. Ten participants made the finals, culled from a field of 54 state-level winners in Monday’s preliminary round. Participants earned between 1 and 5 points for each correct answer, with the harder questions worth more points, and the competitors with the lowest scores were eliminated at various points in the competition. Sathwik won a $25,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Sathwik, an aspiring doctor who also plays chess competitively, said he was nervous at first because he had never been on television before, but he became more comfortable as he rattled off a string of correct answers.
Sathwik said he buckled down once he realized he had a chance to win, because he didn’t want to return to the bee next year.
During a commercial break, Trebek warned the audience at Washington’s National Theatre not to blurt out or silently mouth the answers. He won a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip for two to the Galapagos on an expedition aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour.
Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Georgia’s Sanjeev Uppaluri, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Fulton Sunshine Academy in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta.
The top 10 finishers in the preliminary rounds met in today’s final round, which was moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.
Petersburg, Russia, from July 28-31, 2013, will be selected from this year’s and last year’s top 10 Bee finalists. Sathwik’s brother, Karthik, took fifth place at the 2011 Bee and sixth place at the 2012 Bee. It was announced today that the new Bee moderator will be award-winning journalist, filmmaker and television host Soledad O’Brien. After state and local bouts, those millions were whittled down to the top 54, and then the final 10a€”who will all appear in the final televised round.

His older brother participated in the Bee finals in both 2011 and 2012, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. McCrone's advice for future Geography Bee contestants is to carefully pay attention in their world geography class, to be aware of the places they travel to, and to watch geography-related TV shows.
What country was known as Basutoland before it achieved independence from the United Kingdom? Kabuki is a popular from of theater that combines singing and dancing in which Asian island country? Only one student from each state goes on to the national level to compete for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
He competed at his school in fourth grade, and again in fifth grade when he finished sixth in the state competition. But it was 12-year-old Sathwik, of Plainville, Mass., who finished the job, calmly answering questions about obscure island chains, bodies of water, global trade and culture to win the 25th annual geography bee Wednesday.
Indian-American children have dominated both the National Geographic Bee and the Scripps National Spelling Bee in recent years. Sathwik led throughout the final round and was the last contestant to get a question wrong. The finals will be televised Thursday night on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD.
Ricky Uppaluri of Roswell, Ga., at 11 the youngest of the finalists, was third and receives a $10,000 scholarship.
Children can compete from fourth to eighth grade, but winners are ineligible to defend their title. Fourth place and $1,000 went to Virginia’s Akhil Rekulapelli, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn. 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. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times. 13-year-old Akhil Rekulapelli, an eighth grader from Virginia is the winner of a $50,000 college scholarship, a trip to the GalA?pagos Islands and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
Vishwanath said the trend can be attributed to coming from a country of 1.2 billion people. Ameya Mujumdar, a fifth grader from Tampa came in second place.Watch the National Geographic Bee on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm.

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