How did Jonathan Brinton, an eighth-grader at Bryant Intermediate School, become Utah's geography whiz?
"Read, read, read," said his profile for the National Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic. In addition, the young man has traveled in such foreign countries as Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Lichtenstein as well as parts of the United States.Jonathan won first place in the state bee held recently at Weber State University, answering a question about "fish meal made from ancho-veta." The meal is a major export of Chile and Peru, he said, clinching the title. He will represent Utah in the national bee May 21-25 in Washington, D.C. Young geography experts at the national competition vie for a $25,000 scholarship.
Among Utah's 10 finalists was Jonathan's brother, Eric, a fifth-grader at Ensign Elementary School. Last year, another brother, Jason, won fifth place in the state bee. The boys are sons of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory S. Brinton.