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Minocqua 7th Grader Wins State Geography BeeSubmitted: 04/11/2013

Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com

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MINOCQUA - Most of us can name some state Capitols, a few major rivers, and hopefully all seven continents. But one Northwoods 7th grader can name all the ports in Africa. And it's that kind of knowledge that took her all the way to the state geography bee.

Asha Jain won the Wisconsin Geography Bee last weekend. When asked if she viewed this as a major accomplishment she replied...

"For me it was, but there's a next step ahead of it," says Asha Jain, Wisconsin Geography Bee winner.

...And that's Nationals. Part of her drive comes from her family. Her brother made it to Nationals three times and finished second there last year.

"It's a family thing because my mom, she spends time with us. She quizzes us all the time. My dad always tries to find out new stuff for us, business related obviously. So everyone puts in effort," says Asha Jain.

She is already preparing for nationals. She studies maps and politics for foreign countries.

"For the major cities, you have to research them online and see what they are famous for. What are the important things in the past that have happened there?" said Asha Jain.

The National Geographic Bee takes place in Washington D.C. in late May.

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