Karan Menon, an eighth-grader from New Jersey, fought off competition from 10 finalists, to win the annual contest, joining a long list of Indian-American winners.
The win gives him $85,000 in college scholarships and a trip to the Galapagos islands.
Shriya Yarlagadda, 11, of Michigan, became the runner-up missing just one question in the entire competition, National Geographic said.
She gets $25,000 in college scholarships.
Thirteen-year-old Sojas Wagle of Arkansas came third and won $10,000 in scholarships.
This year’s competition was hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien.