Kansas Student Wins 2004 National Geographic Bee

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• In March 2004 seven eastern European countries joined NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Of these new NATO members, name the one that borders the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad. (Answer: Lithuania).

• Khark island is an important oil export terminal in the Persian Gulf. This island belongs to what country? (Answer: Iran).

• Peshawar, a city in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, has had strategic importance for centuries because of its location near what historic pass? (Answer: Khyber Pass).

With this sure display of geographic knowledge, Wojtanik clinched his championship title and wowed onlookers and Geographic staff alike.

"[The Bee is] the only day that we [National Geographic employees] enjoy being humble when it comes to the knowledge of others in the realm of geography," remarked Fahey.

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