A 14-year-old New Jersey student won the National Geographic Bee on Wednesday, besting more than 50 other finalists to win a $50,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.

“I’m on top of the world right now,” Karan Menon, an eighth grader at John Adams Middle School in Edison, N.J., told National Geographic.

On his route to victory, Menon displayed an impressive level of knowledge about the world’s cities, countries, waterways and landforms, proving that not all Americans live up to our nation’s reputation for geographic illiteracy.

In the championship round, Menon faced off against Shriya Yarlagadda, 11, of Michigan. Bee host Soledad O’Brien asked a series of seven questions, and the contestants had just 12 seconds — 12! — to write down each of their answers.

Menon answered all seven correctly, narrowly defeating Yarlagadda, who missed just one.

The Bee’s final rounds were taped to air on television on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m., on National Geographic Channel and on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. on Nat Geo WILD.

So how might you have fared in the Geographic Bee big leagues? See whether you can answer the seven championship-round questions by taking the quiz below.


he Mariupol port at night in February 2015. (Karoun Demirjian/The Washington Post)

Mariupol, a city located at the mouth of the Kalmius River, is located on what sea that is an arm of the Black Sea?

Sea of Azov
Sea of Marmara


Helsingor's strategic location on a narrow strait allowed Danish kings to collect tolls from passing ships. Name the strait.



A Russian island that straddles 180 degrees longitude is one of the most biodiverse in the Arctic and is the world's northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Site. Name this island.

Big Diomede
Franz Josef Land
Severny Island
Wrangel Island


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In 2014, the government of India established a new state out of the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh. Name this new state.



The strait of Canso separates mainland Canada from what island? 

Cape Breton Island
Prince Edward Island


What Central Asian capital city is located northwest of the densely populated Fergana Valley?



A Sudanese fisherman washes his day's catch on the banks of a river that -- here's a clue! -- is not home to Inga Falls. (Mosa’ab Elshamy/Associated Press)

If completed, the proposed Grand Inga dam would become the world's largest hydropower plant. This dam would be built near Inga Falls on which African river?

Nile River
Zambezi River
Niger RIver
Congo River

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