Mass. Student Wins National Geographic Bee


By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Plainville, Mass., has won the 2013 National Geographic Bee.

To clinch the title, Sathwik correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth’s center. Thirteen-year-old Conrad Oberhaus of Lincolnshire, Ill., finished second.

Sathwik led throughout the final round of the 25th annual geography bee and was the last contestant to get a question wrong. He wins a $25,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Sathwik’s older brother, Karthik, made the finals in 2011 and 2012, finishing 5th and 6th. Karthik says he’s thrilled that his brother was able to finish what he started.