2009 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

Nov 3, 2008 by

Texas teen wins geography bee.
An ‘educated guess’ in tiebreaker round earns him $25,000 scholarship.

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top geography whiz breezed through questions about mountain ranges, rivers and world capitals Wednesday, but he was stumped when National Geographic Bee host Alex Trebek asked him to name one of his weaknesses.

“Um …” said Eric Yang, 13, pausing. The Texas teen had just revealed to the “Jeopardy!” host how he crafts his own chess strategies and plays the piano.

“That’s OK,” Trebek replied. “You remind me of a former president, but we won’t get into that.”

Some in the audience at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington gasped. Others laughed. But the joke was on Trebek by the end of the hour as Eric took home the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship, beating out nine other boys in the finals without missing a single answer. more

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