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Nilai Sarda: Runner-up in the National Geographic Bee

By Murali Kamma Email By Murali Kamma
July 2011
Nilai Sarda: Runner-up in the National Geographic Bee


WHY: Runner-up in the National Geographic Bee. In the tie-breaker round, Nilai answered three of the best-of-five questions correctly, but then lost to 13-year-old Tine Valencic. Nilai, aged 11, received a $15,000 college scholarship. Earlier this year, he won the Georgia Geographic Bee after beating 100 competitors.

WORTH knowing: The well-traveled Nilai created a guide that’s over 400 pages, featuring profiles of all the countries in the world. A member of his school’s quiz bowl team, Nilai enjoys debating, chess and reading. He wants to be a theoretical physicist.

WHERE: Nilai lives in Atlanta, where he completed seventh grade at The Wesminster Schools.

WHAT he said: “The secret that I use to study is to always type things up and never copy and paste from any website. For me, to type things up is to actually know it.”

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