May 24, 2006

HOW'D THEY LEARN ALL THAT STUFF WHILE WAITING IN THE WELFARE LINE? (via Matthew Cohen):

Illinois 12-Year-Old Wins 2006 National Geography Bee (AP, May 24, 2006)

Could you locate the Cambrian Mountains on a map? Twelve-year-old Bonny Jain could and his knowledge made him the winner Wednesday 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. [...]

Although Bonny plans to celebrate his victory by having "a huge party," he also needs to prepare for his third appearance in the national spelling bee, which starts May 31.

He was joined by his father, Rohit Jain, his mother, Beena Jain, and his 5-year-old sister, Riya Jain. His teacher Kelly Mulcahy also accompanied him.

Neeraj Sirdeshmukh, 14, from Nashua, N.H., came in second. He won a $15,000 college scholarship. Third-place contestant, Yeshwanth Kandimalla, 13, of Marietta, Ga., won a $10,000 college scholarship. The other seven finalists won $500 each.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2006 5:23 PM
Comments

Geography is absolutely work that Americans won't do.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 24, 2006 6:48 PM

Since the article was so uninformative and didn't mention the schools the kids attend, I wouldn't be surprised if they were home schooled. All the names seem to be Indian, so it's unlikely any would have been on the welfare lines either.

Posted by: erp at May 24, 2006 7:54 PM

Don't immigrants just come here for the welfare?

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2006 8:00 PM

No.

Posted by: erp at May 24, 2006 11:18 PM
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