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Standing with National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell, Champion of this year’s competition, Pranay Varada of Texas (left). As the National Geographic Bee Champion, Pranay wins a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society; Veda Bhattaram of New Jersey (center) finished third and won a $10,000 college scholarship; and Thomas Wright of Wisconsin (right) clinched second place and a $25,000 scholarship....

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