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National Geographic World Championship Finalists Named

By Karen Gilmour Teams from Canada, Poland and the United States will compete Wednesday in the finals of the ninth National Geographic World Championship, an every-other-year competition being held this year in Mexico City. Fifteen three-member teams from around the world took a written test yesterday, then competed in a geography activity this morning. The...

Nat geo World Camp picture 1.jpgBy Karen Gilmour

Teams from Canada, Poland and the United States will compete Wednesday in the finals of the ninth National Geographic World Championship, an every-other-year competition being held this year in Mexico City.

Fifteen three-member teams from around the world took a written test yesterday, then competed in a geography activity this morning.

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The three finalists are the highest-scoring teams on the written and activity rounds.

The championship finals will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology and History.

The defending world champion is Mexico.

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Photos by Tyrone Turner

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