National Geographic : 1992 Sep
THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT ON THE Education Foundation PETESOUZA(ABOVE); NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERVICTORR. BOSWELL,JR. Top Geography Students Happy to Get a Bee Q uick-what do the initials EEZ stand for? While you're mulling that one, consider the fact that eighth grader Lawson Fite, 13, of Vancouver, Washington, came up with the answer in less than 12 sec onds to seal his victory in this year's National Geography Bee on May 21. It was the end of a long road for Lawson. Nearly six million young sters nationwide participated in their school bees, and 57, represent ing U. S. states and territories, came to our Washington, D. C., head quarters for the finals. In the four years since we started the Bee to increase geography awareness, the number of participants has doubled. America is waking up to geography! As TV cameras covered the event live on PBS, Alex Trebek of Jeopar dy! posed that final question. Got the answer yet? The initials stand for exclusive economic zones, off shore areas 200 nautical miles wide whose resources are claimed by coastal nations. More than a few of us had to admit we were stumped. Lawson (top, center) won a $25,000 scholarship. Runners-up Geoffrey Hatchard of Pennsylvania, left, and Michael Sherback of Mas sachusetts won $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. By the way, Lawson says he might like to be a cartographer. We'll watch for your resume, Lawson. It was our pleasure to welcome as a speaker at the finals W. Graham Claytor, Jr. (above), president of Amtrak, the National Railroad Pas senger Corporation. Amtrak has co sponsored the Bee for three years, and I was proud to present him with the Society's Chairman's Award in recognition of Amtrak's contribu tions to geography education. Amtrak is the fourth organization to receive the award, following Canon, Citibank, and the Phil Har din Foundation of Mississippi. That's great company, representing great contributions to our mission. Geoguide Premieres in This Issue new feature appears in our pages this month-Geo guide, sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Four times a year the series will provide educational guides to help adults explore geogra phy with youngsters. Each Geoguide will be based on an article or map supplement in the same issue. This month's Geoguide focuses on the dolphin story beginning on page 2. . <^^%/%^l^^^ THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EDUCATION FOUNDATIONWAS ESTABLISHED TO RAISE AND DISTRIBUTE FUNDS FOR EDUCATIONALAND SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMS.