The Moment I Discovered I Was Not a Prodigy

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©2011 Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

Down to the last twoÉ Nilai Sarda, 11, of Georgia (left) and Tine Valencia, 13, of Texas. Valencia, a seventh grader from Colleyville, Texas, emerged the winner and claimed the first prize of a $25,000 college scholarship. ÒJeopardy!Ó host Alex Trebek moderated the 2011 National Geographic Bee held in Washington, D.C., May 25.

Scholars refer to 1905, the year in which Albert Einstein wrote his famous works on the photoelectric effect, Mass-Energy equivalence and special relativity, as his Annus Mirabilis, his ‘miraculous’ year.  For me, that year was 1992.  I was ten years old, in the fifth grade, and I was runner-up in the Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens, an honorable mention bestowed in person by Governor Judd Gregg himself. That was also the year I won my city’s championship in the National Geography Bee. I was chosen to represent […]

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Live Free Or Die (Photo ID Required)

On this Election Day (LA residents, go vote ya dumbasses), I must direct everyone to this piece in today’s DailyKos.  Apparently, Republicans in my home state are pushing to require photo IDs and eliminate same-day voter registrations at the polls, a blatant attempt to restrict the voting rights of the students who attend many of the local colleges.

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