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‘Tine Valencic,’ the 2011 National Geographic Bee Champion

Tine Valencic from Texas take the championship crown today at National Geographic headquarters in the National Geographic Bee.

The top 10 geographic student masters, met in Washington D.C., after 124 questions (including the championship round), Valencic answered this one correctly to take the championship crown:

Question: Thousands of mountain climbers and trekkers rely on Sherpas to aid their ascent of Mount Everest. The southern part of Mount Everest is located in which Nepalese national park?
Answer: Sagarmatha National Park

“Students who participate in the National Geographic Bee finals are fourth through eighth-graders from every state, the District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools. They won their school Bees that were held in thousands of schools across the US. These school winners then took a written qualifying test, which was scored by the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. From the school winners, the top scorers in each state are eligible to participate in the State Bees.”

The second-place winner and recipient of a $15,000 college scholarship was Georgia’s Nilai Sarda and third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Kansas’ Stefan Petrovi?.

You can learn more using the interactive Google Maps gadget on the National Geographic YouTube Channel.

[Source: Lat Long blog]

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