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He found Mapman.

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Where in the world did Mapman go? That's what we challenged you to figure out in our "Find Mapman" contest.

In our February 11 issue, we showed you a map that Mapman followed on a recent trip. Your mission: Answer eight questions about the trip correctly, figure out where Mapman went, then create your own map of his final destination: Vietnam.

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Grand-Prize Winner

A visit to the library inspired Bryceson Harvey, 12, of Lake Park, Georgia, to enter our Mapman contest. He became the first homeschooler to win the grand prize. Congratulations to Bryceson and to Suzanne Harvey, his mother and teacher.

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More than 6,000 students entered this year's contest. Entries arrived each day from schools across the nation--from Rio Grande, New Jersey, to Arcadia, California.

"Bryceson's map took the grand prize," says Mapman Jim McMahon, "because it captured the colors, fabrics, and textures that one sees in Vietnam. The jade-colored paper on which he chose to draw his map has the same sheen you see on the silk gowns worn by many Vietnamese women."

For his efforts, Bryceson wins a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. He and each of the 25 runners-up will receive a handheld electronic sudoku puzzle and a Mapman T-shirt.

Thanks to all the students and teachers--from 44 states--who helped make this year's contest a success!

the 25 runners-up

Reed Bourdon, Gulfview Middle School, Naples, Fla.; Cassidy Bummer, Plentywood School, Plentywood, Mont.; Hart Cauchy, East Junior High School, Traverse City, Mich.; Raphael Cepeda, Sacred Heart School, Turlock, Calif.; Michael Compagnone, Gulfview M.S., Naples, Fla.; Lucia DeLoach, Sacred Heart School, Turlock, Calif.; Avi Desai & Lucas McCabe, Pine Brook School, Manalapan, N.J.; Nathan Fippinger, Aledo Junior High School, Aledo, III.; Shanya Goeman, Saylesville School, Rubicon, Wis.; Courtney Hogrefe, Gulfview M.S., Naples, Fla.; Samantha Hung, John F. Kennedy M.S., Cupertino, Calif.; Aaron Lasbury, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, Ind.; John Marquez, Grant Sawyer M.S., Las Vegas, Nev.; Kathryn Mitchell, Hughes M.S., Burleson, Tex.; Jessica Reehorst, East Junior High School, Traverse City, Mich.; Neyen Romano, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School, Gilbertsville, N.Y.; Alaina Schaefer, Saylesville School, Rubicon, Wis.; Hayley J. Scott, Linden Avenue M.S., Red Hook, N.Y.; Jenny Tong, Discovery M.S., Orlando, Fla.; Jaden Trent, Ceredo-Kenova M.S., Ceredo, W. Va.; Danielle Tyszkowski, Saint Clair County Intervention Academy, Port Huron, Mich.; Brian Wagner, Aledo Junior High School, Aledo, III.; Makala Yates, Hughes M.S., Burleson, Tex.; Devonte Young, Turning Point Youth Center, St. John's, Mich.

the answers:

1. Tropic of Cancer

2. China

3. Manila

4. Borneo

5. Singapore

6. northwest

7. Saigon

8. Vietnam
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