The preliminary round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee contest was held on May 23. The 10 finalists will compete for the title which includes $ 50,000 in college scholarship and lifetime membership of the National Geographic Society among other rewards. Second and third-place winners will receive $ 25,000 and $ 10,000 college scholarships respectively.
The spelling bee competition has produced Indian-American champions for eight consecutive years, and 13 of the past 17, a run that began in 1999.(PTI)