Brook Forest student youngest to compete in state geography bee
OAK BROOK – Adi Badlani is sitting in a room filled with what looks like gems he could have won on 1990s game show "Legends of the Hidden Temple." An indoor trampoline with a surrounding net and arcade basketball game are on either side of him, but he isn't paying those toys any attention.
Instead, the 9-year-old is focusing intently on an electronic globe, finding out the population of Syria and Chad by tapping the countries with an attached pointer and listening to the automated recording.
This natural sense of curiosity has paid off for the Oak Brook resident, as last month he was selected one of 100 fourth- through eighth-graders from Illinois to attend the National Geographic Bee on April 5 at College of DuPage.
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