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Indian Born American Rishi Nair wins National Geographic Bee contest

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Venue: National Geographic headquarters – Washington, United States

Edition: 28th Annual National Geographic Beenational-bee

About Rishi Nair:         

  • 12­ year ­old Indian born American student
  • Sixth grade student from Florida

Cash Worth and Achievements:

  • Nair received a  $  50,000  college  scholarship  and  a  lifetime  membership  in  the National Geographic Society
  • Fifth consecutive  year  that  an  Indian ­ American  has  won  the prestigious  national  tournament

Runner up: Saketh Jonnalagadda, Eighth-grader 14 age student, from Massachusetts

  • Awarded cash worth of the $25,000  college  scholarship

Third place: Kapil Nathan, a 12 year old Sixth ­ Grader from Alabama

  • Awarded cash worth of the $10,000 college scholarship
  • The seven other finalists each won $500

The seven Indian American contestants:

  • Grace Rembert  of Montana
  • Rishi Kumar  of  Maryland
  • Pranay Varada  of  Texas
  • Lucas Eggers  of Minnesota
  • Samanyu Dixit  of  North  Carolina
  • Thomas Wright  of  Wisconsin
  • Ashwin Sivakumar of Oregon

Previous year Winner:  Karan Menon had won the competition in 2015