Meet the boy who won the 2014 National Geographic Bee

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Va. Eighth-Grader Wins 2014 National Geographic Bee

BY BEN NUCKOLS
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An eighth-grader from northern Virginia has outlasted nine other young scholars to win the National Geographic Bee.

Akhil Rekulapelli (ak-HEEL REH-kuhl-uh-PELL-ee), of Sterling, Virginia, finished fourth in last year's bee. This year, the 13-year-old answered all three questions right in a one-on-one showdown with the youngest of the 10 finalists, 11-year-old Ameya Mujumdar (uh-MAY-uh moo-JOOM-dahr), of Tampa, Florida.

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Akhil Rekulapelli, 13, of Sterling, Va., competes in the finals of the National Geographic Bee, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson of Hillsborough, California, left, high-fives Akhil Rekulapelli, 13, of Sterling, Virginia, as they compete in the finals of the National Geographic Bee held at National Geographic Society in Washington, Wednesday May 21, 2014. First place was won by Rekulapelli, second by Ameya Mujumdar, 11, of Tampa, Florida, and third by Bergson-Michelson. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Anika Mujumdar takes a photo of National Geographic first place winner Akhil Rekulapelli, 13, of Sterling, Va., left, third place winner Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 13, of Hillsborough, Calif., and her brother ,second place winner Ameya Mujumdar, 11, of Tampa, Fla., with their awards after completing the finals of the National Geographic Bee, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Third place winner Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 13, of Hillsborough, Calif., left, second place winner Ameya Mujumdar, 11, of Tampa, Fla, and first place winner Akhil Rekulapelli, 13, of Sterling, Va., hold their awards after competing in the finals of the National Geographic Bee, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The decisive question: What African country is building a new capital called Oyala in the rain forest, 65 miles east of the current capital, Bala? The answer: Equatorial Guinea.

Akhil receives a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands with his family and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Akhil says he aspires to become a surgeon. He says winning the bee is his greatest accomplishment so far.

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