Singing 13-Year-Old Wins National Geographic Bee
A singing 13-year-old from Florida proved Wednesday that he could carry a tune—and the competition.
After the first round, the 13-year-old singer of Carnatic, a style of southern Indian classical music, performed for the audience gathered at the National Geographic Society's Washington, D.C. headquarters at the request of Jeopardy! TV host and Bee final-round moderator Alex Trebek.
Later, in the final championship round, Moorthy cinched the 22nd National Geographic Bee with this question:
"The largest city in northern Haiti was renamed following Haiti's independence from France. What is the present-day name of this city?"
Grinning on stage after the win, Moorthy told National Geographic News that he'd felt confident all along. "I wanted to win—that was my goal," he said, adding that he "thought the questions would be harder."