National Geographic : 1993 Dec
THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT ON THE Education Foundation Kids and Teachers Show Their Mettle f the young men above seem immersed in serious business, it's because nothing less than the honor of the United States is at stake. The trio had battled from behind to move within reach of vic tory at the first International Geog raphy Olympiad, which matched the U. S. against teams from the United Kingdom and Russia. The Society and Citibank cosponsored the Lon don event. I can tell you that most adults in the audience at the Royal Geo graphical Society last July 2 were scratching their heads over a final round question from moderator Alex Trebek: What river of 4,200 kilometers (2,600 miles) rises in the Tangla Mountains of central China? The winning U. S. team came up with the answer: the Mekong. "It was great to meet the kids from other countries," says Noel Erinjeri, 14, of Flint, Michigan. "We're sending pictures and letters back and forth already." Noel, along with Michael Ring, 14, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Jeffrey Hoppes, 13, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were the top finishers in the National Geography Bee. Just after the three young Ameri cans returned from London, 28 geography teachers from Washing ton, D. C., traveled to Carbondale, Colorado, as part of our Geography Outreach Program. Thanks to the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and Amtrak, they had two weeks of intensive geographic skill development. "I haven't worked so hard since college!" declared Yvonne Bess (below), who quizzed a park ranger about the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. Who knows-perhaps Yvonne and company will nurture future Geography Olympiad winners. *^^ y^ THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY EDUCATIONFOUNDATIONWAS ESTABLISHEDTO RAISE AND DISTRIBUTEFUNDS FOR EDUCATIONALAND SCIENTIFICPROGRAMS.
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