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National Geographic Bee

Pranay Varada of Irving, Texas, the 14-year-old champion took top honors at the 29th annual National Geographic Bee held on May 17, 2017 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Which South American country has a population size most similar to Lebanon? Venkat Ranjan, 13, of California answered Paraguay, while Anoushka Buddhikot, 13, of New Jersey answered Guyana.

The answer? Paraguay. With that response, Ranjan became the champion of the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. He bested 10 finalists in a nail-biting competition at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Ranjan, who has been competing in the bee since 2015, also enjoys playing piano. Second-place winner Buddhikot also enjoys reading and playing the violin and hopes to one day write a novel about a National Geographic-style explorer.

Text adapted from National Geographic News article written by Brian Clark Howard