Indian American Nat Geo winner travels to Iceland

Indian American Nat Geo winner travels to Iceland

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WASHINGTON (TIP): Indian American
 student Madhuri Molleti of Madison has won the 2017 National Geographic
 Mundo Explorer Competition and embarked on a travel to Iceland.

DIRECTV and Nat Geo Mundo recently 
announced the 2017 winner of the Nat Geo Mundo Explorer competition – a 
unique travel program offering students the opportunity to go into the 
field with National Geographic photographers, scientists and writers. 
The competition was created to provide four deserving students (two from
 the United States
 and two from Latin America) the opportunity to explore the subarctic 
island nation of Iceland and learn the basics of climate change.

Molleti, a student at James Clemens High
 School, is one of four teenagers from the United States and Latin 
America who won access to this unique travel program with all expenses 
paid. She left last week with a National Geographic team on a 15-day 
expedition to Iceland, joining other students to explore the subarctic 
island nation and learn the basics of climate change with Nat Geo 
photographers, scientists and writers.

Their travels will include visits to 
Iceland’s geothermal features, its rugged coast, its glacier-rich 
Vatnajokull National Park, and other stops that include basalt columns, 
black sand beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, volcanic features, forests, 
waterfalls and fishing villages.

 “DIRECTV and AT&T are proud to 
support programs that empower students and provide unique learning 
opportunities,” said Dave Hargrove, AT&T Regional Director of 
External Affairs. “It’s exciting to play a part in offering students 
like Madhurri a chance to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and
 we look forward to learning about her adventures later this summer.” 


Madhuri was an AP student and member of 
the National Honor Society at James Clemens. She plans to attend UAB to 
study public health in fall. Her parents are Raju and Padma Molleti.


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