Pranay Varada, a young Indian American student has done not just his parents proud, but also the entire Indian American community here. The 14-year old boy has won the $50,000 National Geographic Bee competition.
Pranay Varada, who hails from Texas, has always been fascinated by words and their spellings. He has an uncanny love for it, even the toughest words that may be very hard for literature students to spell, come very naturally to him. The eighth grader was a runner up last year.
The young boy reportedly won the competition as he won the first tie breaker question.
Pranay Varada says he is feeling elated by the victory as he missed it by a whisker last year. “I was absolutely sure I could win that challenge,” Varada said.
He went on to add, “Having done this for such a long time and winning it now, it’s just a feeling of satisfaction”.
Reports suggest that the Indian American child won the competition 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. With the win, he got $50,000 in scholarship and other prizes. Last year too the competition was won by an Indian American who was even younger than Pranay Varada. Rishi Nair, a sixth grader from Florida, had won the contest last year.