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She found the Mapman![TM].

Nancy Flewelling of Gulfview Middle School in Naples, Florida, is the grand-prize winner of the 2004 Mapman Contest. Congratulations!

In our February 9 issue, we challenged you to locate all the places that Mapman--aka Jim McMahon--visited on a recent trip. To win, you had to complete two tricky tasks: Answer all eight questions correctly and draw a map of the final destination.

This year, we received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and Okinawa, Japan. A majority of you got all eight answers right.

Nancy won a $500 U.S. Savings Bond for her entry, a diorama of a volcano, lake, and trees, and an elevation map drawn in the clouds (right). She and each of the 25 runners-up will also receive a Mapman T-shirt and a Franklin[R] Electronic Merriam-Webster's[R] Dictionary.

Correct Answers: 1. Colorado River; 2. Peninsula; 3. Mexico; 4. Equator; 5. Northeast; 6. Panama Canal; 7. 2:00 p.m.; 8. Costa Rica.

JS talks with Mapman

JS: Where were you, Mapman?

Mapman: I went to Costa Rica, a country in Central America.

JS: Tell us about it.

Mapman: Costa Rica borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The country boasts sunny beaches, dense forests, fiery volcanoes, and exotic animals.

JS: Did you see any interesting animals there?

Mapman: When I visited the Pacific Coast, I stayed in a protected area for migrating sea turtles. I spent Christmas night with a marine biologist, watching a leatherback turtle the size of a golf cart lay her clutch of eggs. We crouched behind her back flippers and counted, in the glow of a flashlight, about 90 eggs.

JS: Tell us about the student entries.

Mapman: This year's maps wowed me. Some entries focused on Costa Rica's natural resources, while others portrayed its people and culture. One entry mapped the country as a volcano erupting soccer balls. Another entry made creative use of needlepoint to depict the country and its surrounding seas. Still another transformed the country into the red, wavy hair of a freckle-faced kid whose T-shirt reads, "Hug me ... I'm half Costa Rican!"

I want to thank all of the students and teachers for making this year's contest the best yet.

The 25 runners-up are: Mohammed Ahmed, O.A. Thorp Academy, Chicago, Ill.; Brandi Anderson, Aledo Junior High (JH). Aledo, Ill.; Lauryn Ando, St. Francis School, Honolulu, Hawaii; Aaron Brooks, Hughes Middle School (MS), Burleson, Tex.; Devon Bysinger, Aledo JH, Aledo, Ill.; Louie Catizone, Randolph MS, Randolph, N.J.; Kelly Cholko, Holy Guardian Angels Regional School, Temple, Pa.; Chelsea DaSilva, Gulfview MS, Naples, Fla.; Aubree Dinning, Woodland MS, Coeur d'Alene, Ida,; Lacey Durham, Hughes MS, Burleson, Tax.; Mark Ferraiuolo, Gulfview MS, Naples, Fla.; Mariel Fresse, Randolph MS, Randolph, N.J.; Amanda Heroin, Fairfield MS, Fairfield, la.; Carolyn Horst, Saylesville School, Rubicon, Wis.; Max Ison, Ceredo-Kenova MS, Ceredo, W.Va.; Taylor Kellogg. Watertown MS, Watertown, S.D.; Brady Krumwiede, Watertown MS, Watertown, S.D.; Josh Manning, Gulfview MS, Naples, Fla.; Shelby Marshall, Fairfield MS, Fairfield, la.; Niko Salinas Woodland MS, Coeur d'Alene, Ida,; Alyssa Schneider, Randolph MS, Randolph, N.J.; Edward Silva, Sacred Heart School, Turlock, Calif.; Glen Waldner, Cascade Colony School, Sun River, Mont.; Aimie Young, Bemus Point Elementary. Bemus Point, N.Y.; Chrissy Youngborg, Sacred Heart School, Hilmar, Calif.
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Date:May 10, 2004
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