A first-time contender from Texas won the annual National Geographic Bee Thursday in Washington, claiming the top prize in a contest that started with local competitions among about 4 million students around the country, the Associated Press reports. Rahul Nagvekar, 14, of Sugar Land, Texas, will receive a $25,000 college scholarship for his win, along with a trip to the Galapagos Islands. He beat Vansh Jain, 13, of Minocqua, Wis., on the fourth tie-breaking question. Much of the bee tested the 10 finalists’ knowledge of history, world cultures and landmarks used as clues for geography-based questions. Rahul won by correctly naming Regensburg as the Bavarian city located on the Danube River that was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806…

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