She found mapman! Thousands of you figured out my final destination.
This year's Find Map-man contest (see JS 2/28) challenged you to correctly answer eight questions, figure out my final destination (Cyprus), and create your own map of Cyprus--an island nation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
This year's grand-prize winner is Olivia Wischmeyer (above), 12, of Slavens K-8 School in Denver, Colorado. Congratulations to Olivia and her teacher, Courtney Miller.
Our contest drew more than 9,000 entries from 46 states--and Heidelberg, Germany. Olivia's entry (above right) won the grand prize because of its elegant portrayal of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, flanked by the flora and fauna of Cyprus.
For her great work, Olivia wins a $500 U.S. savings bond and a Wii. She and 25 runners-up will each get a Mapman T-shirt.
ARIZONA LessJie Rodriguez, Acclaim Academy, Phoenix
CALIFORNIA Alexa Oliveira, Sacred Heart School, Turlock
COLORADO Delaney Letts, Alicia Pankratz, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Lakewood; Jenna Winocur, Slavens K-8 School, Denver
FLORIDA Isabel Hautmann, Gulfview Middle School, Naples
ILLINOIS Flynn Sheehan, Gwendolyn Brooks M.S., Oak Park
MASSACHUSETTS Sarah McLellan, Inn Street Montessori, Newburyport; Bogdan Znakharchuk, South M.S., Westfield
MICHIGAN Sarah Schmitt, West M.S., Grand Bfanc
MISSOURI Sarah Lueder, Wendy Uelk, Visitation Academy, St. Louis
NEW JERSEY Theo Everett, Rachel Li, Sammie McKechnie, Randolph M.S., Randolph
NEW MEXICO Drake Bjorkman, Taos Charter School, Taos
NEW YORK Alex Uys, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn
PENNSYLVANIA Nicole Hege, Gabriel Matos, Manor M.S., Lancaster; Christina Mitchell, Holy Guardian Angels School, Reading
TEXAS Vicente Elizaide, Hughes M.S., Burleson
UTAH Maddy Chin, Madeline Tolley, Albion M.S., Sandy
VIRGINIA Farhaj Murshed, Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria
WISCONSIN Kristin Schmitt, Saylesville School, Rubicon
Find Mapman" Contest Answers, p. 23
3. Aegean Sea
4. Port Said
5. a peninsula (the Sinai Peninsula)