Sathwik Karnik of Plainville, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk, southwest of Boston, took top honors at the 25th annual National Geographic Bee held at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., today. He won a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip for two to the Galápagos on an expedition aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour.
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. Name this peak.” Answer: Chimborazo.
Fifty-four state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2013 National Geographic Bee on Monday, May 20. The top 10 finishers in the preliminary rounds met in today’s final round, which was moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. 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.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.
The three-person team that will represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, from July 28-31, 2013, will be selected from this year’s and last year’s top 10 Bee finalists.
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. Sathwik’s brother, Karthik, took fifth place at the 2011 Bee and sixth place at the 2012 Bee.
After moderating the finals of the National Geographic Bee for 25 years, since its inception in 1989, Alex Trebek is stepping down. It was announced today that the new Bee moderator will be award-winning journalist, filmmaker and television host Soledad O’Brien.
Here's a video about Karnik he prepared before heading to Washington to complete.