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Massachusetts Boy Wins ‘Geography Bee’

May 23, 2013

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Americans may be on shaky ground when it comes to geography knowledge, but don’t tell that to 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Plainville, Mass., the official winner of the 2013 National Geographic Bee.

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The contest, hosted by Jeopardy‘s Alex Trebek (in his final Bee appearance) along with former Bee vets Amy Bucci and Brian Howard, was live-blogged by National Geographic’s Melody Kramer, who reported the winning question just before 11:30 E.T.

“Because the earth bulges at the equator, which mountain peak on the earth is farthest from the earth’s center?” Bucci asked Karnik.

Karnik’s (correct) answer: Chimborazo.

Karnik’s win came after a tense final “best of five” duel with 13-year-old Conrad Oberhaus of Lincolnshire, Ill. On the first question, both answered correctly, but on the second, Oberhaus failed to correctly identify the largest city in China’s Inner Mongolia…

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