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Katie Cassidy of Gulfview Middle School in Naples, Florida Uses Clues and Geography Know-How to Create Prize-winning Map

New York, NY (May 8, 2007) -- Mapman was down under, mate!  Seventh grader Katie Cassidy of Gulfview Middle School found him out there in the Outback.  Today, Junior Scholastic®, the social studies and current events magazine for students in grades 6-8, announced her the winner of the 13th annual “Can You Find The Mapman™?” contest.  Miss Cassidy found the Mapman in his mystery destination of Australia and created a detailed map of his location. 
“Katie’s map took the grand prize, because of its tactile nature,” said Junior Scholastic’s Mapman, Jim McMahon.  “She created a collage of uluru [Ayers Rock] from bits of colored paper and blades of grass.  The texture of the map reflected the rugged terrain of the Outback.”
Scholastic’s resident cartographer, McMahon created the contest to draw on the map-reading skills students have learned throughout the year, from recognizing elevations and locating cities using latitude and longitude, to understanding time zones and measuring distances with a scale of miles or kilometers.  The contest drew more than 6,000 entries from students in grades 6-8, with entries from Kansas to Kenya!
To participate, students were required to trace the Mapman’s route to the undisclosed destination by answering eight questions that would stump many adults.  To qualify for a prize, kids had to answer all of the questions correctly and draw a map of the area.  The grand prize winner and runners-up were selected based on their maps’ cartographic accuracy and creativity, including design and color treatment. 
The questions were (answers in parentheses):
1.  When I flew from American Samoa to Fiji, I crossed what line marking where each calendar day begins? (International Date Line)
2. From Fiji, I boarded a larger plane and flew to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Wellington is located on which island? (North Island)
3. I then sailed across the Tasman Sea to a city located at 43°S, 147°E. What is the city? (Hobart)
4. From there, I flew due north for about 3,740 kilometers. When I got off the plane, I was in the capital of which country? (Papua, New Guinea)
5. Next, I set off on a sailboat to Dili, once a city in Indonesia. Dili is now the capital of which country? (East Timor)
6. Then I sailed across the Timor Sea to Darwin. In which general direction did I travel? (Southeast)
7. I drove to a city located at 24°S, 134°E. What is the name of the city? (Alice Springs)
8. At last, I arrived at my final destination at 25°S, 131°E—one of several domed hills situated in the middle of the Outback. To which country does this famous rock formation belong? (Australia)
Katie Cassidy won a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a Mapman T-shirt, and an electronic handheld sudoku puzzle game.  Twenty-five runners up from schools nationwide will also receive a Mapman T-shirt and the sudoku game. 
Runners-up are:
- Jingjing Fan, Doolen Middle School, Tucson, AZ
- Alia Rubiner, Doolen Middle School, Tucson, AZ
- Michael Lawrence, Loma Linda Academy, Loma Linda, CA
- Nicolaus Coleman, Sacred Heart School, Turlock, CA
- Maya Mathis, Gulfview Middle School, Naples, FL
- Bryceson Harvey, homeschooled, Lake Park, GA
- Isabelle Haslam, The Walker School, Marietta, GA
- Minwei Cao, Riverdale Heights Elementary School,
Bettendorf, IA
- Danielle Anderson, Aledo Junior High School, Aledo, IL
- Matthew Beam, Aledo Junior High School, Aledo, IL
- Christopher Hedrick, Aledo Junior High School, Aledo, IL
- Hasanath Sajjad, Hibbard Elementary School, Chicago, IL
- Aaron Lasbury, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN
- Joel Helms, Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw, IN
- Shireen Lankarani, Wichita Collegiate School, Wichita, KS
- Drew Bronger, Georgetown Middle School, Georgetown, KY
- Mary Finnegan, homeschooled, Washington, NJ
- Shaimaa Saad, Al-Noor School, Brooklyn, NY
- Paige Montes, Our Lady of Help Christian School, Allentown, PA
- Keegan Alley, Hughes Middle School, Burleson, TX
- Lindsay Jacques, Hughes Middle School, Burleson, TX
- Blake Palmer, Hughes Middle School, Burleson, TX
- Ryan Browning, White Oaks Elementary School, Burke, VA
- Andrew Repka, Smithfield Middle School, Smithfield, VA
- April Reinicke, Saylesville School, Rubicon, WS
Junior Scholastic’s geography content is consistently popular with teachers and students, offering classrooms nationwide an additional fun and interesting resource for geography instruction.  Each year, entire classes submit entries to the “Can You Find The Mapman?” contest.  In response to “Ask Mapman™,” his regular column in Junior Scholastic, the Mapman has received thousands of letters from kids.
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Jennifer Boggs