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Indian American Madhuri Molleti wins Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition

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The competition launched in 2011 gets thousands of submissions every year.

AT&T Alabama Regional Director Dave Hargrove with Madhuri Molleti of James Clemens High School, and her parents, Venkata Molleti and Raju Molleti. (Courtesy of AT&T/DirecTV)

National Geography has selected Indian American student Madhuri Molleti and four others to join as its scientists, writers, and photographers in the Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition.

The Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition is a joint effort of DirectTV and 21st Century Fox-owned Nat Geo Mundo channel to expand the opportunities of young generation students to participate in National Geography Student Expeditions.

The winners of Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition will get assistance from National Geographic Explorer who guides the students through original research and photography projects at one of more than 40 locations across the globe.

Each award includes the student’s choice of one 2017 National Geographic Student Expedition, including the program tuition and domestic and international flights. All trips are led by qualified trip leaders and a National Geographic expert.

Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition saw participants from the US and Latin American countries sending their submission and two winners of this year are from Latin American countries.

The competition launched in 2011 gets thousands of submissions every year.

Madhuri Molleti, a graduate of James Clemens High School, Madison went on a 15-day trip to Iceland to learn and explore about the climate change said Madison City Schools.

The other three winners of the Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition — Trey Leveque, Emilia Rodriguez, and Maria Lorena — are exploring Fiji, Madagascar, and India, respectively, according to an AL.com report.

This is the second consecutive time that a Madison student is winning the Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Competition. Last year Ethan Smyth, a senior at Bob Jones High School in Madison, was chosen for the National Geographic Student Expedition program. Madhuri is also a member of the National Honor Society and an AP student.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley while congratulating Molleti and last year’s winner said “For two consecutive years, a student from Madison has been afforded this wonderful honor. This is just another opportunity for us to show the world what we already know,” said Finley in a statement.

“The city of Madison produces some of the most impressive students in the world. Madison is proud of Madhuri and her accomplishments and delighted she has this incredible opportunity through DirecTV and Nat Geo Mundo,” he added.

“For two consecutive years, a student from Madison has been afforded this wonderful honor. This is just another opportunity for us to show the world what we already know,” said Madison Mayor Paul Finley. “The City of Madison produces some of the most impressive students in the world. Madison is proud of Madhuri and her accomplishments and delighted she has this incredible opportunity through DIRECTV and Nat Geo Mundo.”

Dave Hargrove, regional director of external communications for AT&T and DirecTV, Madhuri, Ethan, and Claudia have made their states proud by winning the competitive international competition.

“It’s exciting to play a part in offering students like Madhuri a chance to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we look forward to learning about her adventures later this summer,” Hargrove said.