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Indian American wins the National Geographic Bee

I was watching the final round of National Geographic Bee on PBS when Akshay Rajagopal answered the winning question without batting an eye lid. He even had a bit of a smile playing on his face as if he was privy to some inside joke.

An 11 year old from Lincoln, Akshay Rajagopal, went on to win the National Geographic Bee with a flawless score. He did the same last year as well.

The winner is only the second one in this competition’s history with a perfect performance. His win has made him richer by $25,000 and a trip to the next Bee competition.

Some of the questions that were asked in the competition.

Q. The largest Chinese earthquake in over 50 years occurred in Sichuan Province. Name the capital of the province, which is located about 50 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.”

Q. “Makoca is a type of music popular in which country, which lies north of the island of Bioko?

Q. “Cochabamba is the third-largest conervation [aggregation of urban communities] in what country?” This was the winning question.

Do you know the answer to these questions off the bat?

Akshay’s victory came in stages in the sense he had to first be a winner in school. Then at the state level. Then he had to travel to Washington D.C to beat contestants from other states. Finally the top 10 contestants moved to the final round.

How did he prepare for this test? By watching lot of DVDs and studying from a book called Grollier’s Lands and People.

Where do they go from here? The top three contestants will now compete against teams from all over the world.

In the long list of Indian-American kids showcasing their cognitive prowess, Akshay has added his name to the honor rolls.

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