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Posted on: Thursday, May 25, 2006

Twelve-year-old wins geography contest

Advertiser Staff

Bonny Jain, 12, of Moline, Ill., won the 18th annual National Geographic Bee by being able to identify a mountain range in Wales.

CHRIS GREENBERG | Associated Press

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Could you find the Cambrian Mountains on a map? Twelve-year-old Bonny Jain could, and his knowledge made him the winner yesterday of the 2006 National Geographic Bee.

The eighth-grader from Moline, Ill., won a $25,000 college scholarship by correctly naming the mountains that extend across much of Wales, from the Irish Sea to the Bristol Channel.

On stage, in banter with the bee's moderator, Bonny said he only felt nervous during the final round after he missed a question about the Andaman Islands his only wrong answer. He also felt uncertain when answering a question about the Tuareg people in the African nation of Niger, but that time he was right.

Bonny will now focus on his appearance in the national spelling bee, which starts May 31.

Source: Associated Press

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Q: What percentage of students are transported at public expense nationally, and how much does the public spend on transportation per pupil?

A: In 2001-02, 55 percent of students in public schools used transportation at a cost of $606 per pupil.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

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