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Homeschooler Nathan Cornelius wins national geography bee
Star Tribune ^ | May 25, 2005 | Greg Gordon

Posted on 05/25/2005 10:35:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON -- Nathan Cornelius, a home schooled seventh grader from Cottonwood, Minn., won the 17th annual National Geographic Bee competition today, with a dazzling display of knowledge about places, cultures, cities, countries and rivers around the globe.

For winning the competition, which started with 5 million students nationwide, Nathan was awarded a $25,000 scholarship.

He bested nine other finalists during the taping of the event moderated by TV’s ''Jeopardy!'' host Alex Trebek.

He was one of two contestants to survive a double elimination first round that took 105 questions.

Then he outlasted Karan Takhar, 14, of Rhode Island,in an 11-question championship round.

The deciding question called on the contestants to identify the dammed river that forms artificial Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal system.

Nathan hardly hesitated before writing down his answer: the Chagres River. He couldn’t contain a big smile when Trebek noted that the two finalists had different answers.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: award; education; geography; geographybee; homeschool; homeschooling; pspl; turass; winners
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1 posted on 05/25/2005 10:35:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But....has he ever been beat up for his lunch money?

If not...he hasn't been socialized.

2 posted on 05/25/2005 10:36:48 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Even the chickens under the porch know...to cork your pistol.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Here's your chance for your first Homeschool List Ping Ping!


3 posted on 05/25/2005 10:37:42 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Osage Orange
Good job Nathan!


4 posted on 05/25/2005 10:37:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Awsome. I know that home schoolers have won the national contest and especially spelling bees before. It would be nice to seem some stats on this.


5 posted on 05/25/2005 10:38:13 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
called on the contestants to identify the dammed river that forms artificial Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal system.

Publik Skool Johnny's losing answer was, "I CAN'T IDENTIFY THE DAMNED RIVER!"

6 posted on 05/25/2005 10:38:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One day, all children will be home schooled. The Internet makes it possible now - in virtual classrooms. The potential for learning and development is staggering to imagine.


7 posted on 05/25/2005 10:38:58 AM PDT by Search4Truth (When a man lies he murders some part of the world.)
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To: Osage Orange

Whoa!

This guy is impressive!!!

If he'd have gone to public school he would never be this knowledgeable!


8 posted on 05/25/2005 10:39:46 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Integrityrocks

"The deciding question called on the contestants to identify the dammed river that forms artificial Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal system. "

I didn't know the name of that dammed river either.



9 posted on 05/25/2005 10:40:00 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: Search4Truth

It's time to set kids free from the chains of pubic education.


10 posted on 05/25/2005 10:40:21 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Osage Orange

***ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — A ten-year-old Anniston boy is in a lot of trouble today after he reportedly punched a teacher after she demanded he remove a headband he wore in the school lunchroom. .........***

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11 posted on 05/25/2005 10:41:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Clean cut. Happy. Bright.

I'd also bet he is a Christian ... .

His parents have every right to be very proud of him.


12 posted on 05/25/2005 10:42:17 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: martin_fierro
Publik Skool Johnny's losing answer was, "I CAN'T IDENTIFY THE DAMNED RIVER!"

LOL!! Ya got that right!

Most couldn't name 5 rivers in America, let alone some river in Panama.

FRegards,

13 posted on 05/25/2005 10:43:49 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Even the chickens under the porch know...to cork your pistol.)
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To: biblewonk

ping


14 posted on 05/25/2005 10:43:57 AM PDT by newgeezer (A conservative who conserves -- a REAL capitalist.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Homeschooling's great, but it only seems viable (or necessary) for a small percentage of students.

Many places still have great public schools (in my area, Arlington, VA and Montgomery County, MD, come to mind).

Parochial or private schools are a good alternative (I live in DC and would want my kids to go to the British School in particular).

Finally, for some parents homeschooling just isn't feasible economically (such as a single mother living in Anacostia).


15 posted on 05/25/2005 10:45:24 AM PDT by Modernman ("Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. " -Bismarck)
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To: Osage Orange

I went to public schools from grades 1-12, college, and grad school, and I never got properly socialized.

But as you imply, there are lots of opportunities for negative socialization.


16 posted on 05/25/2005 10:45:36 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (Technology advances. Human nature is dependably stagnant.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yep, I saw that right after I posted.

Best FRegards,

17 posted on 05/25/2005 10:45:37 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Even the chickens under the porch know...to cork your pistol.)
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To: nmh

And I bet he likes his parents and converses freely with adults.


18 posted on 05/25/2005 10:45:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Osage Orange

I always made it a point to beat my younger brothers and steal their shiny nickles so they'd have that wonderful experience that my cruel parents were denying them ;-)


19 posted on 05/25/2005 10:47:58 AM PDT by JenB (Once and future homeschooler)
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To: martin_fierro

Ahuh, ahuh, ahuh... he said dam.


20 posted on 05/25/2005 10:49:07 AM PDT by irishtenor (Did I say something wrong? Or just intolerant?)
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