WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – A first-time national geography bee contender from Texas has won the annual competition in Washington.
Fourteen-year-old Rahul Nagvekar, of Missouri City, Texas, will receive a $25,000 scholarship for his win Thursday. Rahul won by correctly naming Regensburg as the Bavarian city located on the Danube River that was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806.
Thirteen-year-old Vansh Jain (vunsh jayn), of Minocqua, Wis., came in second, and will take home a $15,000 scholarship. The third-place winner, 13-year-old Varun Mahadevan of Fremont, Calif., wins a $10,000 scholarship.
The competition began with about 4 million students in schools across the country this year.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek hosts the finals, which were televised on the National Geographic Channel.
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