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Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Maryland teen to compete in National Geographic Bee finals; how do you stack up? (Quiz)

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Ten teenagers from around the country competed in the National Geographic Bee in downtown Washington Thursday morning.

Rahul Nagvekar, a 14-year-old from Texas, won the grand prize while Adam Rusak, a 13-year-old 8th grader at Lakelands Park Middle School in Gaithersburg, was the first of the finalists to be eliminated.


Adam Rusak, 13, of Gaithersburg. (Courtesy of National Geographic)
Nagvekar, Rusak and the eight other finalists beat thousands of students from across the country and in the U.S. territories to earn their spots in the finals, according to National Geographic.

Matt Wilson, 13, from the Blessed Sacrament School in the District, and Kevin Zahn, 14, of the George H. Moody Middle School in Henrico, Va., competed in Tuesday’s semi-finals but did not advance to the final round.

A total of $50,000 in college scholarships and a trip to the Galapagos Islands were among the prizes.


Students from Arizona, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin will compete in Thursday’s National Geographic Bee finals. (Rebecca Hale - National Geographic)

Take a sample geography bee quiz after the jump.

Wondering where the Galapagos are? Take the quiz below to improve your geography knowledge, and see how you stack up against a bunch of 4th through 8th graders. Let us know how you fared in the comments section.

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