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Posted at 8:47 AM ET, 05/29/2010

Winning question in National Geography Bee

By Valerie Strauss

Can you name the largest city in northern Haiti?

Aadith Moorthy, 13, of Palm Harbor, Fla., could, and that lifted him to the championship of this week's National Geographic Bee, as well as a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

The final question asked for the largest city in northern Haiti, which was renamed following Haiti’s independence from France.

The answer was Cap-Haitien, and Moorthy gave a small fist pump when host Alex Tebek declared his answer correct and named him the winner.

Moorthy, an aspiring physicst, almost lost the bee early in the competition. He was the only contestant to answer incorrectly in the first round and would have been eliminated if he was wrong again. He acknowledged he was scared, but he kept his nerves under control.

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By Valerie Strauss  | May 29, 2010; 8:47 AM ET
Tags:  geography bee, winning question  
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