Florida 6th-grader wins National Geographic Bee

Posted at 7:26 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 07:26:33-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Central Florida sixth-grader has won the 2016 National Geographic Bee.

Twelve-year-old Rishi Nair of Seffner, Florida, won the top honors Wednesday at the 28th annual Bee in Washington.

Nair clinched the win by correctly answering "Galapagos Islands" to the question: "A new marine sanctuary will protect sharks and other wildlife around Isla Wolf in which archipelago in the Pacific Ocean?"

Nair gets a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society

Second-place was 14-year-old Saketh Jonnalagadda of Westford, Massachusetts. Third place went to 12-year-old Kapil Nathan of Hoover, Alabama.

The bee has been taped and the final round will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 8 p.m. Friday.