Update: The winner of the Texas Geographic Bee is Tine Valencic, a seventh grader from Colleyville Middle School, who won for the second year in a row. He will represent Texas at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C. He was named state champion after a head-to-head battle with Rahul Nagvekar, from Missouri City, who is a seventh grader at Quail Valley Middle School.
The top three finalists -- the same from last year--have been battling for 45 minutes without missing a question. They have gone through all the questions and the remaining unused ones from the tie breaker round earlier today. They are now asking words from previous years that were used to break ties for a championship round. Apparently this has never happened before. Students are Gentry Clark of Austin, Tine Valencic of Colleyville, last year's winner, and Rahul Nagvekar of Missouri City.