A runner up last year, Varada this time did not want to give any chance. He was declared the winner as he won the first tie breaker question when he correctly identified the Kunlun Mountains as the 1,200 mile range that separates the Taklimakan Desert from the Tibetan Plateau.
As a result, he gets USD 50,000 in scholarship and other prizes.
Veda Bhattaram another Indian-American from New Jersey finished third at the finals held here last night, while Thomas Wright from Wisconsin was declared the runner up. Wright received USD 25,000 and Bhattaram got USD 10,000 in scholarships.
This year, six of the 10 finalists were Indian-Americans.
Indian-Americans have won the National Geographic Bee competition for the last six consecutive. Last year, Rishi Nair, a sixth grader from Florida, had won the contest.
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