Ten Students Advance to Geographic Bee Finals

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Top Ten National Geographic Bee Finalists 2003

Arkansas
Jacob Felts
is a 14-year-old 8th grader at Highland High School in Hardy, north-west of Jonesboro. He represented Arkansas in the 2002 National Geographic Bee. He'd like to be a political scientist, ambassador, or geography professor. Jacob enjoys bluegrass and country music and drawing maps.

Colorado
Kathryn Prose
is a 13-year-old 8th grader at D'Evelyn Jr. High School in Denver. She enjoys opera, studies Mandarin and Latin, takes part in band competitions, and is interested in politics and international affairs. This summer she's going to Italy and Greece with her Latin class.

District of Colombia
Thomas Meyerson
is a 13-year-old 8th grader from Blessed Sacrament School. He represented D.C. in the 2002 National Geographic Bee. The coolest place he's been is Rome, where he saw the Pope. He's a First Class Boy Scout and plays basketball and the saxophone. He'd love to be a stand-up comedian.

Florida
David Goldman
is a 14-year-old 8th grader at University School of Nova South-eastern University in Fort Lauderdale. The best place he's visited is Los Angeles, where he met the cast of The Simpsons. He tutors kids in Hebrew studies and hopes to have a career in politics.

Ohio
Christopher Butler
is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Shaker Heights Middle School in Shaker Heights, near Cleveland. He enjoys composing music, collecting license plates, and traveling. His favorite destination so far has been Moscow, where he stood inside the Kremlin. He'd like to visit Japan and Australia.

Oregon
Samuel Brandt
is an 11-year-old 6th grader at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene. He plays the trombone, sings in a choir and enjoys basketball and baseball. He hopes to be a broadcaster one day. The best place he's been is a French camp in Vancouver, Canada, where he sea-kayaked.

Rhode Island
Karan Takhar
is a 12-year-old 6th grader at The Gordon School in East Providence. He'd like to be an entrepreneur and introduce new products and ideas to the world. He plays the piano and enjoys reading. He admires the United Nations' Kofi Annan for his devotion to peace.

Tennessee
Dallas Simons
is a 13-year-old 7th grader at Martin Luther King Magnet School in Nashville. He swims on a year-round swim team and enjoys basketball and computers. He'd love to be a National Geographic photographer, so he could go on expeditions and travel around the world.

Washington (state)
James Williams
is a homeschooled 14-year-old 8th grader from Vancouver. He is captain of the Washington-Oregon Science Bowl team and a member of the Washington State Science Olympiad team, both going to nationals later this year. He'd love to go to Antarctica to see the research stations.

Wisconsin
Sean Rao
is a 14-year-old 8th grader at St. Gabriel School in Hubertus, near Milwaukee. He represented Wisconsin in the 2001 National Geographic Bee. He enjoys drawing maps, playing the flute, hiking and biking, and is interested in languages. He'd love to be ambassador to the U.K.

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