Pranay Varada, the 14-year-old Indian-American student, has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee competition, maintaining the dominance of the community in the contest.
"I was absolutely sure I could win that challenge," Varada said soon after bagging the coveted competition, which for the past one decade has been dominated by Indian-Americans."
"Having done this for such a long time and winning it now, it's just a feeling of satisfaction," Varada, an eighth grader from Texas, said.
The spelling bee has produced NRI champions for 9 consecutive years, and 14 of the past 18, a run that began in 1999. Since the last five years starting 2012 the winners of the Geographic Bee title include Rahul Nagvekar in 2012, Sathwik Karnik in 2013, Akhil Rekulapelli in 2014, Karan Menon in 2015 and Rishi Nair, a sixth grader from Florida, had won the contest in 2016. These champions have received a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.