Photo: First round of the 2012  National Geographic Bee

First round of the 2012 National Geographic Bee

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

The preliminary round of the 24th annual National Geographic Bee was held Tuesday, May 22. The top 10 finishers—from the field of 54 state-level winners who took part in the prelims—will compete in the final round to be held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 24. First prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Second- and third-place winners receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships respectively. This round of the competition will be simulcast in prime time on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 10 finalists are:

  • Raghav Ranga, Arizona
  • Varun Mahadevan, California
  • Anthony Stoner, Louisiana
  • Adam Rusak, Maryland
  • Karthik Karnik, Massachusetts
  • Gopi Ramanathan, Minnesota
  • Neelam Sandhu, New Hampshire
  • Rahul Nagvekar, Texas
  • Anthony Cheng, Utah
  • Vansh Jain, Wisconsin

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