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Picture of Pranay Varada and Thomas Wright and host Mo Rocca

Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Congratulations to the 2017 Bee Champion Pranay Varada

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

The National Geographic Bee Championship took place on May 17, and is now airing on public television stations. See how Pranay Varada, an 8th grader from Carrollton, Texas took the championship title. Check local listings for airing dates and times.

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