Hot Springs student wins Arkansas Geographic Bee 2 years in a row

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs sixth-grader has won Arkansas' Geographic Bee for the second year in a row.

Eleven-year-old Christian Boekhout correctly answered Central African Republic Friday to a question about which landlocked African country harvests timber and floats it down the Ubandi River to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (, 13-year-old Springdale resident Nathan Plowman and 14-year-old Samia Ismail of Fort Smith came in second and third, respectively.

Each state winner gets $100, the Complete National Geographic on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. for the national finals at the headquarters of National Geographic magazine.

Christian came in 30th in the National Geographic Bee in Washington last year and is hoping for a better showing when he represents Arkansas at the May 22 event.

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