Rahul Nagvekar, a seventh-grade Quail Valley GT Academy student, won second place in the Texas State Geography Bee. The state competition is open to students in grades 4-8. To reach the state competition, students must win their individual school bees. Then they are eligible to take a written test. The top 100 scorers on the written test become state contestants.
Rahul has finished higher each year he has competed at the bee. In 2008, he was the first fourth-grader to make the state bee. He was also one of three finalists in last year’s bee. This year, Rahul and the other two finalists aced a long tie-breaker round that forced state coordinator Marci Smith Deal to track down questions from previous championship competitions, a first in the history of the bee.
The 2011 National Geographic Bee finals will be aired live on the National Geographic Channel on May 24-25 and later on public television.