The winning question was: “The discovery of a major shale oil deposit in the Vaca Muerta formation in 2010 has led to an expansion of oil drilling in the Neuquén province in what country?” (The answer is Argentina.)
This is the second year Rekulapelli has reached the finalist round of 10 in the national competition. (He finished fourth last year.)
Rekulapelli is the two-time Virginia Geography Bee champion.
His prizes are a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip for two to the Galápagos Islands on an expedition aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour.
Fifty-four state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2014 National Geographic Bee on Monday. The top-10 finishers in the preliminary rounds met in today’s final round. There were nine perfect scores in Monday’s preliminary round. Rekulapelli beat out seven other contestants in the tie-breaker round to secure the final spot in the top 10. Today’s final round was moderated for the first time by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD was aired on Thursday, May 22nd. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.
More than 4 million students took part in the 2014 National Geography Bee, which was sponsored for the sixth year by Google.