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Home-Schooled Student Wins Geographic Bee

May 22, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A 14-year-old who is taught at home by his mother beat 54 other students to win the title of U.S. National Geographic Bee champion and a prize worth $25,000 in Washington, D.C.

After blitzing through a series of stumpers such as questions about volcanic formations in Tanzania, James Williams from Washington state correctly answered a tie-breaker about which country possessed the Indian state of Goa until 1961. Henever wavered when he wrote, "Portugal."

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